Today I joined my Labour colleagues to vote against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate in parliament.
The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In the East Midlands alone over 32,000 people have been affected.
Thanks to the support of Labour MPs the vote was won. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the bedroom tax, as Labour will do if elected next year, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many.
The Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our community, and despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing thousands to rely on food banks, the Government have voted again and again in favour of it.
I will continue to campaign against this unfair tax in Parliament.