Bedroom tax: MP Diana Johnson attacks sub-letting policy
Hull MP Diana Johnson has attacked contradictions in government policy over council tenants sub-letting their properties under the new "bedroom tax".
Last year, the Government announced it was to outlaw the practice of tenants sub-letting space in their council dwellings.
However, it has been issuing guidance advising tenants to take in a lodger in order to make up potential losses for under-occupying under the bedroom tax when it comes into force in April.
The Hull North MP said: "Last year, the then Housing Minister proposed outlawing council tenants sub-letting, with up to two years in prison or a £50,000 fine.
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"Now, people are being advised to sublet to cover the bedroom tax. Does the Government actually know what it's doing?"
Housing Minister Mark Prisk failed to answer Ms Johnson's question on sub-letting in the House of Commons.