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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS FIGHTS THE BEDROOM TAX

WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015

 

Labour’s Prospective Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has pledged to fight the unfair Bedroom Tax affecting families in the constituency. She said:
“The Bedroom Tax is impacting on 116 families in Sutton and Cheam. If the Tory and Lib Dem parties are re-elected, those set to pay the hated Bedroom Tax is set to increase as further pressure is applied to the 3,972 social housing tenants in Sutton and Cheam.
“Returning another Tory and Lib Dem Government will cost £5,300 over the next Parliament for each family in Sutton and Cheam paying the Bedroom Tax. This will raise £614,800 from the most disadvantaged people in our community.
“That’s why I pledge to abolish the Bedroom Tax. I’m the only candidate in Sutton and Cheam able to deliver that promise because only a Labour government will do it.
“The waiting list for social housing is 979 in Sutton, with 302 households wanting one bedroom properties. That suggests there aren’t enough one bedroom properties around, so penalising those families is very unfair.
“The problem is exacerbated for disabled people because they are often limited by berry few accessible properties being available. The Tory and Lib Dem alliance just don’t care.”
Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
“771,000 people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing many into debt and to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax.
“The contrast between the Tories and Labour couldn’t be clearer. Under David Cameron you’ll get five more years of the bedroom tax, affecting a million more people. The first thing I will do as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is get rid of this wasteful, cruel tax.”

NOTES TO EDITORS
1. As of August 2014, 116 families in Sutton and Cheam were paying the Bedroom Tax according to Department of Work and Pensions statistics.
2. There are a total of 6,937 people in social rented tenure in Sutton and Cheam. At least as many new people will become liable to the Bedroom Tax as are paying now if the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are re-elected. All social tenants are at risk – a family can become liable if children leave home or someone dies.
3. People can’t move. In April 2013, just before the Bedroom Tax was introduced, there were already 979 households on the council housing waiting list for the London Borough of Sutton, of whom 302 required one bed flats. The Bedroom Tax added to an already long waiting list.
4. A DWP evaluation showed that 57% of claimants are cutting back on household basics but that only 4.5% had been able to move.
 

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