Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire, welcomed a Parliamentary vote on Friday that saw MPs beat the Government and make progress towards abolishing the Bedroom Tax.
The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In the East Midlands alone over 32,000 people have been affected.
The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place and have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it. Yet today the Liberal Democrats joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament.
Thanks to the support of Labour MPs the vote was won. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the bedroom tax, as Labour will do if elected next year, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many. Today’s vote was on a Private Members Bill that if passed by Parliament would exempt anyone from the Bedroom Tax unless they can be found a smaller house to move to – not enough for Labour but a step in the right direction.
Jamie McMahon, Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire said:
“David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.”
“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing thousands to rely on food banks, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it. This is a policy that unfairly hits hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people, such as those with disabilities or who are carers, and it threatens to cost more than it saves which is why the next Labour government will abolish it.”
"The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax. There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the Bedroom Tax today but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many. The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour government next year."