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Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas

Mary Creagh has urged MPs from all parties to back Labour’s attempt to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. Labour has forced a debate and vote in parliament on Wednesday 17th December on the Bedroom Tax.

Since the Bedroom Tax was nearly 5,000 Wakefield households have been hit and have been forced to find, on average an extra £700 a year.

Mary Creagh MP said:

“This Christmas 5,000 people in Wakefield will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax which David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s government introduced last year.

“This Wednesday Labour is forcing a vote to scrap this failing policy once and for all. I urge MPs all parties to do the right thing and back Labour’s attempt to scrap this cruel and unfair tax.”

Rachel Reeves said: “Around half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing many into debt and to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax with two thirds of those affected are disabled. Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax and get rid of this failing policy which is leading to more Tory Welfare Waste.”

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Notes for editors:

1.         Latest DWP figures on number of people hit by the Bedroom Tax:

NORTH EAST – 36,126

NORTH WEST – 74,031

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER – 46,591

EAST MIDLANDS – 31,645

WEST MIDLANDS – 46,573

EASTERN – 30,036

LONDON – 48,247

SOUTH EAST – 32,232

SOUTH WEST – 24,896

WALES – 31,217

SCOTLAND – 70,291

TOTAL – 471,887

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/number-of-housing-benefit-claimants-and-average-weekly-spare-room-subsidy-amount-withdrawal

2.         Two thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax cannot find the money to pay their rents, according to new research from the National Housing Federation. Source: http://www.housing.org.uk/media/press-releases/two-thirds-of-households-hit-by-bedroom-tax-are-in-debt-as-anniversary-appr#sthash.Ljy35ky2.dpuf

 

3.         Housing benefit set to rise by £1billion over four year in March 2014 Budget (pg 132) http://budgetresponsibility.org.uk/economic-fiscal-outlook-march-2014/

Figures contained in the Budget have shown the housing benefit bill will continue rising not falling, with an increase of £1billion forecast over the next four years.

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