West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed Labour’s decision to repeal the Bedroom Tax, saying it will give hope to the many disabled and vulnerable people in West Lancashire who have been unfairly hit by David Cameron’s cruel tax.
The Bedroom Tax hits over 400,000 disabled people nationwide and 110,000 people in the North West. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people with an average bill of £720 a year through no fault of their own. Instead of reducing the housing benefit bill, there is now a real risk the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves.
MP Rosie said:
“Repealing the Bedroom Tax is absolutely the right thing to do. Everything about this policy is unfair. It is nothing more than attempt to slash budgets by making the most vulnerable in our communities pay, whilst millionaires are offered a tax cut.
“We do need to make tough choices on spending and in these tough times we won’t borrow more to pay for social security. But we can and will do things differently.”
The next Labour Government will repeal the Bedroom Tax without extra borrowing. To cover the £470m cost of repealing the Bedroom Tax, funds have been earmarked from:
- reversing George Osborne’s recent tax cut for hedge funds announced in Budget 2013;
- reversing George Osborne’s shares for rights scheme which has been rejected by businesses, has opened up a tax loophole and will lead to £1bn being lost to the Exchequer according to the Office for Budget Responsibility; and
- tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I think most ordinary people will think Labour’s plans to repeal the Bedroom Tax are sensible and fair. The tax cuts for hedge funds introduced earlier this year cannot be a priority when disabled people are being plunged into debt. The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair policy that hits the vulnerable and what’s more risks costing more than it saves.”