Labour pledges to scrap Bedroom Tax which hits 1,911 in Aberdeen South

On the one year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, Dame Anne Begg MP pledged a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax which has hit 1,911 people in Aberdeen South.

Since 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.Image

A recent report into housing costs by the Work and Pensions Select Committee, of which Dame Anne is Chair, found that the bedroom tax was one of the measures within the government’s welfare reforms that are causing financial hardship to vulnerable people who were not the intended targets of the reforms and are unlikely to be able to change their circumstances in response.

Dame Anne said,

‘Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Bedroom Tax. 1,911 people in Aberdeen South 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.”

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, with a huge £1billion increase over the next five years.”