Gloria De Piero – 2014 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Work and Pensions

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Gloria De Piero on 2014-04-03.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of social housing tenants affected by the implementation of the under-occupancy penalty have been given exempt status in each (a) constituency and (b) local authority area.

Esther McVey

The only group exempt from the removal of the spare room subsidy and therefore unaffected by the policy are those housing benefit social sector tenants who have reached state pension credit age.

Registered foster carers are allowed an additional bedroom if they have fostered a child during the last 52 weeks and parents of armed forces personnel who have been deployed on operations are allowed to retain that adult childs bedroom.