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Bed And Breakfast Fraud In Cardiff

EDM number 1667 in 1992-93, proposed by Rhodri Morgan on 23/03/1993.

That this House applauds the work of Cardiff City Council and the South Wales Police Fraud Squad in bringing to a successful conclusion the prosecution of Michael Jeffreys and Peter Arakas, the proprietors of the ill-named and ill-fated Homeless Concerns of Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, convicted and sentenced on 18th March to two years' imprisonment on two successive counts for conspiring to defraud the City Council by making fraudulent housing benefit claims for bed and breakfast accommodation, where in fact no breakfast and on occasion no bed was provided; believes that there is at least one equivalent to Messrs Jeffreys and Arakas in every city in Britain making to far undetected fraudulent housing benefit claims; believes also that the incentives to local authorities to set up housing benefit fraud detection units similar to that operated by the Cardiff City Council are quite inadequate and that the Government should give urgent attention to strengthening those incentives by amending the legislation to allow proper refunds to councils for their housing benefit claims expenditure and associated overheads; and supports the initiative taken by Cardiff City Council to set up a licensing and registration system for landlords of multi-occupancy properties as the only way to prevent inner-city bed and breakfast racketeering of this kind.

This motion has been signed by a total of 47 MPs.

Rhodri Morgan23/03/1993Cardiff WestProposed
Jon Owen Jones23/03/1993Cardiff CentralSigned
Win Griffiths23/03/1993BridgendSigned
Paul Flynn23/03/1993Newport WestSigned
Alun Michael23/03/1993Cardiff South & PenarthSigned
Paul Murphy23/03/1993TorfaenSigned
Jeremy Corbyn24/03/1993Islington NorthSigned
John Evans24/03/1993St Helens NorthSigned
Jim Dowd24/03/1993Lewisham WestSigned
John Cummings24/03/1993EasingtonSigned
Michael Connarty24/03/1993Falkirk EastSigned
William McKelvey24/03/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion24/03/1993Dundee EastSigned
Ken Livingstone24/03/1993Brent EastSigned
Eric Illsley24/03/1993Barnsley CentralSigned
Ernie Ross24/03/1993Dundee WestSigned
Dawn Primarolo24/03/1993Bristol SouthSigned
Robert Parry24/03/1993Liverpool, RiversideSigned
John Battle25/03/1993Leeds WestSigned
Tony Banks25/03/1993Newham North WestSigned
Donald Anderson25/03/1993Swansea EastSigned
John Gunnell25/03/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Irene Adams25/03/1993Paisley NorthSigned
Frank Cook25/03/1993Stockton NorthSigned
Eric Clarke25/03/1993MidlothianSigned
Bill Michie25/03/1993Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale25/03/1993MansfieldSigned
Eddie Loyden25/03/1993Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Roy Hughes25/03/1993Newport EastSigned
Derek Enright25/03/1993HemsworthSigned
Peter Pike26/03/1993BurnleySigned
Alex Carlile29/03/1993MontgomerySigned
Harry Cohen29/03/1993LeytonSigned
Mike Gapes29/03/1993Ilford SouthSigned
James Wray29/03/1993Glasgow ProvanSigned
Peter Hardy30/03/1993WentworthSigned
Roy Beggs30/03/1993East AntrimSigned
Michael Clapham30/03/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Elfyn Llwyd30/03/1993Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Alice Mahon31/03/1993HalifaxSigned
Mike Hall31/03/1993Warrington SouthSigned
Martyn Jones14/04/1993Clwyd South WestSigned
Greg Pope15/04/1993HyndburnSigned
John Spellar22/04/1993Warley WestSigned
Stephen Byers22/04/1993WallsendSigned
Jo Richardson12/05/1993BarkingSigned
Audrey Wise27/05/1993PrestonSigned

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