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Labour pledges to scrap Bedroom Tax which hits over 1,000 people in Chesterfield

On the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Toby Perkins, Chesterfield’s MP, pledged a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which has hit 1060 people in our town.

Probation debateSince David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax 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.

Toby Perkins MP said, “Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Bedroom Tax. 1060 of people in Chesterfield have been hit 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.”

RR Bedroom TaxRachel Reeves MP (left), Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State 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, with a huge £1billion increase over the next five years.”

Further notes

  • DWP figures on number of people hit by the Bedroom Tax:
North West

78,839

Scotland

71,683

London

52,200

Yorkshire and Humber

49,049

West Midlands

49,363

North East

37,547

South East

35,109

East Midlands

33,524

Wales

32,386

East of England

32,229

South West

26,261

TOTAL                                   

498,190

(Figures from November 2013)  

 

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