The bedroom tax is unfair, immoral and undermines family life. Over 2,000 households in my constituency have been affected by it and they are all people on low incomes. Most of them want to stay in their family home – it’s what most people would do if they found themselves in this position – but even for those who want to downsize to a smaller property, there simply aren’t enough of them available. This is why the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped completely.
As you may have seen, we took the first step on the road to abolishing the bedroom tax on 5 September in the House of Commons. We won a crucial vote by 306 votes to 231 on the second reading of a Bill which would exempt from the bedroom tax people whose homes have been specially adapted and those not offered another property. Now that the Bill will go into committee, Labour will try and amend it to abolish the bedroom tax altogether. We have also made it clear that if Labour wins the next general election, the bedroom tax will go.
This result shows that David Cameron is losing his grip and that it is Labour that is providing leadership for a fairer country. A big thank you to everyone who has been campaigning against the bedroom tax so far and for your support to us as Labour MPs as we voted for social justice.