Affordable Homes Bill — Move to A Vote on Second Reading — 5 Sep 2014 at 12:59
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against concluding the debate, and moving to a vote, on introducing exemptions to the benefit penalty applying to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and to require a report on affordable housing.
The majority of MPs voted to bring their debate to a close and move to a vote on the second reading of the Affordable Homes Bill.
The Bill sought to introduce three exemptions to the benefit penalty applying to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms. The exemptions were for cases where:
- A significant disability related adaption has been made to the property.
- A resident of the property, due to their disability, is unable to share a bedroom.
- No offer of alternative accommodation has been made by the claimant's landlord or a local authority.
In addition the Bill sought to require a review into the availability of affordable homes and the intermediate housing market. "Intermediate housing" being defined as:
- homes for sale and rent provided at a cost above social rent, but below market levels as determined by local house prices. These may include shared ownership, co-operative housing where members have an equity interest, equity loans and other low cost homes for sale and intermediate rent but shall not include affordable rented housing.
No position on the content of the Bill can be determined on the basis of how an MP voted in this division which was just on if the debate ought be brought to a close and a vote on the substantive motion held.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Affordable Homes Bill
-  Full text of the Affordable Homes Bill as at the time of the vote
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||0||237 (+2 tell)||0||78.6%|
|Lab||244 (+1 tell)||0||0||95.0%|
|LDem||51 (+1 tell)||0||0||92.9%|