9,000 people in Redditch at risk of paying the bedroom tax under the Conservatives.
On the second anniversary of the Bedroom Tax, local Labour Parliamentary Candidate Rebecca Blake, has pledged to fight the unfair Bedroom Tax affecting hundreds of families in Redditch.
Rebecca Blake said "I have been appalled to see how the Bedroom Tax has affected people in Redditch, from foster carers to disabled people. None more unfair than the husband and wife from Crabbs Cross who are expected to share one room even though he is severely disabled and there is no room for his wife with his hospital bed, hoist and equipment".
“The Bedroom Tax will cost people in Redditch £3,900 if the Conservatives win again. At the moment, 501 people are paying, but at least as many more will be caught if the Conservatives win again. The Redditch MP, Karen Lumley, voted for the Bedroom Tax. Labour has pledged to abolish the Bedroom Tax and only a Labour government will do this.”
Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform, said:
“The government has imposed the Bedroom Tax on families who are already hard pressed to make ends meet. There aren’t enough smaller properties for people to move to so even the government’s own studies show that people are having to cut back on household essentials to pay it. Only a Labour government will abolish the Bedroom Tax.
“Redditch is a key marginal seat – voters here can make a difference not just for themselves but for the half a million families across Britain paying this cruel Tax. We only have a few weeks left to make sure the Bedroom Tax doesn’t have a third anniversary.”
More on why the bedroom tax is so wrong.
1. As of August 2014, 501 families in Redditch were paying the Bedroom Tax according to Department of Work and Pensions statistics. On average the tax costs people £780 per year in this region.
2. There are a total of around 9,000 people under-65 in social rented tenure. At least as many new people will become liable to the Bedroom Tax as are paying now if the Conservatives are re-elected. All social tenants are at risk – a family can become liable if children leave home or someone dies.
3. People can’t move. In April 2013, just before the Bedroom Tax was introduced, there were already 6,556 households on the council housing waiting list for Redditch and Wychavon, of whom 4,360 required one bed properties. The Bedroom Tax added to an already long waiting list.
4. A DWP evaluation showed that 57% of claimants are cutting back on household basics but that only 4.5% had been able to move.