BEDROOM TAX: One year anniversary

bedroom tax photoOn the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne pledged that a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which has hit almost 80,000 people in the North West.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Bedroom Tax. Around 80,000 people in the North West have been hit by this cruel and costly tax on bedrooms. It’s time for the government to ditch the Bedroom Tax. If they don’t, then a Labour government will.”

Rachel Reeves MP said:

“Over the past year half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands into debt and thousands more to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax which targets the vulnerable, with two thirds of those affected disabled.

“David Cameron promised the Bedroom Tax would save money, but figures in the Budget show the housing benefit bill is rising, not falling, with a huge £1bn increase over the next five years.”

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