Esther McVey fibbing to Parliament again! Only yesterday as Hansard records below
Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral answer of 13 January 2014, Official Report, column 577, what the evidential basis was for his estimate of between 3,000 and 5,000 people that may have been affected by the under-occupancy penalty since April 2013. 
Esther McVey: On the information currently available, we estimate the numbers affected are likely to be fewer than 5,000 nationally.
This is based on the assumption that if a claimant’s current claim started before 1 January 1996 they would have been entitled to the transitional protection and therefore affected.
Of course this morning Chris Bryant releases detailed of over 16,000 already affected from less than a third of actual (to date) council figures and that the most reliable estimate if 50,000 which as you can see is TEN TIMES the McVey lie she gave to Parliament yesterday.
I heard Lord Fraud repeat the same fib at this mornings Woek & Pensions Select Committee too and again Hansard reports from today’s 10 minute rule bill: –
My point of order relates to the bedroom tax. Mr Speaker, you will recall that earlier this year, when asked how many people had been affected by the loophole in the bedroom tax legislation, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a Member of this House, said that the number was between 3,000 and 5,000. In a written answer, the Minister of State, the hon. Member for Wirral West (Esther McVey), also a Member of this House, said that she did not know how many had been affected. Lord Freud, a Minister in another place, said that it was an insignificant number. Today, however, he told the Work and Pensions Committee of this House that the number was 5,000. We have been doing their work for them, and from freedom of information requests to local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, we already know, from just the third that replied, of 16,000 cases
Oh I see now, its official Tory policy to lie!