MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, has urged Parliament to get rid of the bedroom tax. Huw’s call has been echoed by his Labour colleagues; who called a debate on 17th January to give MPs from all parties a chance to back moves to scrap the bedroom tax before Christmas.
Since the Bedroom Tax was introduced around half a million low-income households have been forced to find an extra £700 a year. In Ogmore, 837 households have been hit by the Bedroom Tax. Two thirds of households affected by the Bedroom Tax are home to a person with a disability, and the tax also hits 60,000 carers.
Despite recent noises to the contrary the Liberal Democrats have continued their support for the bedroom tax, which they helped to make law. Most recently refusing to vote to repeal the policy. There have now been three votes in Parliament on the bedroom tax, with Lib Dem MPs supporting it every time.
Mr. Irranca-Davies said ‘This Christmas hundreds of families in Ogmore will struggle to make ends meet. As prices rise faster than wages people are facing tougher financial situations. Many of my constituents are forced to rely on food banks to survive. The bedroom tax introduced by Tax David Cameron and Nick Clegg is just further punishing my constituents. The bedroom tax displaces families, hurts local communities and leaves larger properties empty. It is callous and absurd.’
‘I am proud to have walked through the lobby with my Labour colleagues in Parliament to get rid of this hated and cruel policy. The fact that the Lib Dems and Conservatives did not join us damns them. It shows once and for all that this Coalition Government will not listen to reason and reverse their policies which are causing so much hardship.’
‘People need a government which is on their side, which works to support their families not attack them. This can only be achieved by voting Labour in 2015.’