Yesterday, I voted to repeal the Governments planned cuts to those who are living in vital housing for the frail elderly, those who are homeless, people with disabilities or those fleeing domestic violence.
Those who run these services state that 440,000 people could be affected. This will result in 95% of these schemes facing closure.
Under the new rules, the amount of housing benefit that people living in this accommodation could receive would be capped at a much lower level, equivalent to the rate in the private rented sector.
We are seeing our social security system being hollowed out by the Government. First it was Working Tax Credits and Universal Credits, both of which help in-work families. Now it is Housing Benefit.
These cuts to Housing Benefit will put at risk the most vulnerable in our society. We should never turn our backs on the frail elderly, the homeless, people with disabilities or those fleeing domestic violence. We have a moral duty to protect those people and provide them with a home where they feel safe.
I voted for the motion to make the Government rethink its plans and will continue to pressure the Chancellor to reverse these potentially devastating cuts.