Clause 313 - Transactions funded with the assistance of a public subsidy

Part of Finance (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 11:30 am ar 18 Mai 2023.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Financial Secretary to the Treasury 11:30, 18 Mai 2023

I must direct the hon. Lady to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, who is now leading on that. He has overall control of the programme of rehousing for Afghan refugees, and the Homes for Ukraine scheme—obviously that is a very separate system. The scheme is one of the tools available to the Government, which is why we are making the stamp duty changes to assist local authorities in their efforts to find homes for refugees. It will not be the only way in which we find accommodation for those families; there are other ways, including the military helping with accommodation for those who formerly served or helped the armed forces when they were in Afghanistan. It is one tool, and we want to make it as easy as possible for local authorities to use. I encourage the hon. Lady to speak to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, who is leading on the issue.