Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people.

The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people through no fault of their own. There is now a real risk that the Bedroom Tax will cost more money than it saves. The next Labour Government will repeal the Bedroom Tax. But we don’t think it is fair to make people wait until 2015, so today we will bring the repeal to a vote in the House of Commons.

The Bedroom Tax policy is both unjust and unworkable, but we are clear that repeal cannot mean extra borrowing to pay for social security changes. To ensure that it can be reversed without any additional borrowing, funds have been earmarked from reversing recent tax cuts benefiting the wealthy and addressing the tax loss from disguised employment in construction. We are confident that these measures will cover the £470 million cost of repealing the Bedroom Tax.

Labour will deal with under-occupation by funding local authorities who are able to help people with the costs of moving to suitable accommodation, using the funding set aside by the Government through Discretionary Housing Payments for dealing with the problems caused by the Bedroom Tax .

Hi Graham,

Last night, Labour forced a debate on the Bedroom Tax in the House of Commons.

We lost the vote — because 252 Tory and Lib Dem MPs defended a policy that inflicts hardship and suffering on children in poverty and people with disabilities.

Speak out against the Bedroom Tax and the results of last night's vote by sharing the Facebook graphic below. It's all set up so it'll take just a few seconds to show your support.

If Labour wins the election in 2015, we promise to scrap the Bedroom Tax immediately. Until then, we need to work together to keep up the pressure on this government to repeal it.

Don't let people forget that Tory and Lib Dem MPs did the wrong thing last night — share our Facebook graphic now:

Thanks, Rachel
Rachel Reeves
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions