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Changes To Housing Benefit Legislation

EDM number 88 in 1997-98, proposed by Lynne Jones on 06/06/1997.

That this House condemns the actions of the previous Government to restrict housing benefit payments to an amount equivalent to the average local rent for a suitably-sized home, which, by definition, will affect 50 per cent. of all applicants, as well as the proposal to define a suitabe home for single people aged under 60 years as a room in a shared house, thus forcing single people into houses in multiple occupation, which has been recognised as representing the most unsafe form of housing; notes that people most at risk are those with special housing needs, such as people with disabilities, which cannot be met in a house in multiple occupation; and calls on the Government, in recognition of the fact that these proposals will make a mockery of policies on homelessness and welfare to work, not to implement these changes in October as previously proposed.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Lynne Jones06/06/1997Birmingham, Selly OakLabourProposed
Mike Hancock09/06/1997Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
John Austin09/06/1997Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
John Swinney09/06/1997North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
David Taylor09/06/1997North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jeremy Corbyn10/06/1997Islington NorthLabourSigned
Jim Wallace10/06/1997Orkney & ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Desmond Turner10/06/1997Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Mark Todd10/06/1997South DerbyshireLabourSigned
Harry Barnes10/06/1997North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe10/06/1997Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe10/06/1997LeighLabourSigned
David Chidgey10/06/1997EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Brand10/06/1997Isle of WightLiberal DemocratSigned
Ken Livingstone10/06/1997Brent EastLabourSigned
Terry Lewis10/06/1997WorsleyLabourSigned
Syd Rapson10/06/1997Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner11/06/1997BolsoverLabourSigned
Tommy Graham11/06/1997West RenfrewshireLabourSigned
John Cummings11/06/1997EasingtonLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd11/06/1997Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Nigel Jones11/06/1997CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Kelvin Hopkins12/06/1997Luton NorthLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara12/06/1997Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Jeff Ennis12/06/1997Barnsley East & MexboroughLabourSigned
Bob Blizzard12/06/1997WaveneyLabourSigned
Gerry Bermingham16/06/1997St Helens SouthLabourSigned
Dan Norris17/06/1997WansdykeLabourSigned
Bill Michie18/06/1997Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
David Chaytor19/06/1997Bury NorthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington19/06/1997Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Diane Abbott19/06/1997Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Gerry Steinberg07/07/1997Durham, City ofLabourSigned
John McDonnell08/07/1997Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Frank Cook27/01/1998Stockton NorthLabourSigned

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