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EDM (Early Day Motion) 88A1: tabled on 10 June 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 9 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Lynne Jones on 06 June 1997. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'Government' to end and add 'to take note of Early Day Motion No. 15 dated 14th May 1997, that calls for the Housing Benefit (General) Amendment Regulations 1997 (S.I.,1997, No. 584), to be annulled.'.

Original motion text

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.