LOCAL TORY MPS VOTE TO PROTECT THE BEDROOM TAX.
The Government’s Bedroom Tax has cost thousands of low-income families an average of £1,260 since it was introduced in April 2013. It is supposed to force people with a ‘spare’ bedroom to move into smaller accommodation. The trouble is, there is very little smaller accommodation to move into – therefore official figures reveal that around 500,000 people are being charged the Bedroom Tax, paying on average £14 a week. Two thirds (330,000) of those hit are disabled and 60,000 are carers.
Labour forced a vote in the House of Commons on Wednesday 17 December 2014 which could have meant the Bedroom Tax was effectively abolished by Christmas. But Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs turned up in force to vote to keep it.
The Bedroom Tax has cost low-income families over £1,200, deepening the cost-of-living crisis for people who are struggling to make ends meet.
The Government’s own independent report into the Bedroom Tax found fewer than five per cent of people had moved to another home in the social rented sector and 60 per cent of people had fallen behind with their rent – meaning that some face eviction. This is a disgrace. The Bedroom Tax has failed to open up the social rented sector but succeeds in making life even harder for many people on lower incomes.
Thousands of people who are struggling to survive can’t afford to spend another Christmas paying this cruel and unfair tax on bedrooms. Labour will abolish it.
Patrick Hall (Letters Page, Times & Citizen 1 January 2015)
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