Matt Rodda for Reading East

Standing up for Reading

Bedroom Tax

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  Scrap the Bedroom Tax - see Ed Miliband's post below:

On day one of a Labour Government, we will free families from the burden of the Bedroom Tax. It’s indefensible and it’s cruel.

It has punished  those most in need in our society, causing untold misery for half a million families across the UK, two thirds of which include a disabled person. It’s a tax that affects 200,000 children and 60,000 carers - people we should be helping, not hurting. And under the Tories, a million more people could be hit by the tax in the next five years. This is a Government that cuts taxes for millionaires, opposes the mansion tax. It won’t abolish non-dom status but will keep the Bedroom Tax. I think that tells you everything you need to know about a Tory Government - and it tells you everything you need to know about a Labour Government that the first thing we’ll do is scrap it. We will legislate straight away to abolish the Bedroom Tax - in England, in Wales, in Scotland, right across our United Kingdom. We’ll get to work immediately to ensure that families no longer lose out. We’ll make new funds available to local authorities to offset the full costs of the tax for all families who currently pay it.

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