Affordable Homes Bill — Second Reading — Housing Benefit Penalty for Those Deemed to Have Excess Bedrooms — Exemptions — 5 Sep 2014 at 12:59

The majority of MPs voted for exemptions to the benefit penalty applied to social housing tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms and to require a report on affordable housing.

MPs were considering the Affordable Homes Bill[1]. The motion supported by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That the Bill be now read a Second time.

The passing of this motion indicated support for the general principles of the Bill and enabled it to continue on its path to becoming law.

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[2]:

  • 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.


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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Con1 231 (+2 tell)077.0%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent1 0050.0%
Lab244 (+1 tell) 0095.0%
LDem52 (+1 tell) 0094.6%
PC1 0033.3%
Respect1 00100.0%
SDLP3 00100.0%
SNP2 0033.3%
Total:306 231085.3%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Angie BrayEaling Central and ActonConaye

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