April 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the Bedroom Tax.
Half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax and the majority are people with disabilities.
It has forced already struggling low-income households to have to find an extra £720 a year. It is little wonder that many have taken to relying on food banks as a way of getting through.
Over 1,000 people from North Each Derbyshire alone have been affected.
This hardship is compounded further as the Bedroom Tax actually costs far more money than it is ‘saving’. The housing benefit bill is rising, not falling, and the recent Budget showed that spending will have to increase still further over the next five years. This is a policy that is as incompetent as it is cruel, and it is very disappointing to see the Government refuse to budge on an issue that so many people up and down the country are against.
I have continually campaigned and voted against this policy, which the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation has described as “an unfair, ill-planned disaster that is hurting our poorest families”, and alongside my Labour colleagues I will continue to try and have this legislation repealed.
The Bedroom Tax will be scrapped under a Labour Government in 2015.