Andrew Gwynne MP has today called on both Tameside and Stockport Councils, which cover his Denton and Reddish Constituency, to sign up to Labour’s campaign to oppose the Bedroom Tax.
The Bedroom Tax will hit around 660,000 working-age households, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability, at exactly the same time as the government gives a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I hope that Councillors in Tameside and Stockport – from all political parties – will now back Labour’s call for David Cameron to think again on the Bedroom Tax.
“Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone with a disability, and he is hitting families of soldiers serving our country who will have to find extra money for their son or daughter’s bedroom, and foster families helping children in need of a home.
“In the North West 43% of people living in council or housing association homes who receive housing benefit will be hit. This means 110,000 will be worse off by £728 a when the bedroom tax comes into force.
“This isn’t about tough choices, it’s about the wrong choices.
“And at exactly the same time as the Bedroom Tax comes into effect David Cameron is giving thousands of millionaires a tax cut of £100,000 a year.“
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:
“Labour supports sensible welfare reform but the bedroom tax is crazy. Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith have been forced to admit that it is impossible for their plans to solve under-occupancy because there aren’t enough smaller homes for families to move to.
“The Bedroom Tax is now in total disarray. Ministers must now admit they have got this horribly wrong and think again – before it’s too late.”