This Wednesday (1st April) marks the 2nd anniversary of the Bedroom Tax. Labour Parliamentary candidate for North West Leicestershire Jamie McMahon has called for voters in May to make sure it’s the last.
The Bedroom Tax is paid by 584 households in North West Leicestershire. If the Tories win in May the Bedroom Tax will cost them £3,500 each over the life of the next Parliament. Labour will abolish the Bedroom Tax. This is directly opposite to current Tory MP for North West Leicestershire Andrew Bridgen who as recently as December 2014 voted against a Labour motion that would have scrapped the Bedroom Tax.
The Bedroom Tax has failed to achieve the objectives set out by the Tory and Lib Dems in Government. Housing Benefit spend is up (from £23 bn in 2010/11 to over £24bn in 2014/15). According to the government’s own evaluation only 4.5% (1 in 20) of affected tenants have been able to move to a smaller property in the social rented sector. Also, 60% of tenants were in arrears after 6 months
Labour parliamentary candidate Jamie McMahon said:
“The Bedroom Tax is cruel. It hits disabled people and pushes hardworking local people into debt. At every opportunity North West Leicestershire’s current Tory MP has voted to keep the Bedroom Tax and has been propped up in doing so by the Lib Dems.
It’s time we abolished the Bedroom Tax and only Labour will do so. That’s why we need a Labour MP for North West Leicestershire after May 7th.”