End of “bedroom tax” in sight?



MPs backed the Affordable Homes Bill at second reading by 306 votes to 231.

Lib Dem MP Andrew George’s private member’s bill will now move to detailed scrutiny at the committee stage.

The issue has split the coalition, with Lib Dem and Tory MPs and ministers voting along party lines.

The BBC’s parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy said there was now a “fighting chance” the bill would become law.

The key condition, that a landlord has made a “reasonable offer” of alternative accommodation would make the scheme unworkable in practice except in a very small number of cases.