Rebecca Blake sent the following letter to Karen Lumley the Redditch MP before the debate on the Bedroom Tax on Friday. Unfortunately Mrs Lumley chose not to support vulnerable people in Redditch but simply to follow the Tory Party line.
Dear Mrs Lumley,
I have campaigned against the 'bedroom tax' and if I am elected as MP for Redditch next year with a Labour majority, the Labour Party will scrap the 'bedroom tax'. I know this is the right thing to do for the people of Redditch for a number of reasons, including that we simply do not have enough smaller homes suitable for people to downsize.I am standing up for disabled people, foster carers and some very vulnerable people who simply cannot move out of their home and are now falling behind with the rent, for the first time, as a result of your governments policies.
When the Labour Party led a vote in the Commons to scrap the bedroom tax, you voted against. I ask you now, on behalf of the people affected in Redditch, please support the Lib Deb Private Members Bill currently taking place. While it does not go far enough, it is a step in the right direction and one which I hope will bring us closer to scrapping it altogether.
From Cllr Rebecca Blake
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redditch