Labour pledge to scrap the bedroom tax


On the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Bilal Mahmood, Labour PPC for Chingford and Woodford Green pledged that a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which has “hit thousands of people in London, a number for which local MP Iain Duncan Smith is directly answerable.”

Since Iain Duncan Smith’ Bedroom Tax was launched, 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.

Bilal Mahmood, PPC said, ‘Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron Nick Clegg and Iain Duncan Smith’s Bedroom Tax. Thousands have been hit around London and no doubt hundred in Chingford and Woodford Green 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 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.”


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