West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper voted to abolish the unfair and unworkable bedroom tax which is being imposed on West Lancashire residents by the Conservative-led Government.
For the vast majority of people affected by the bedroom tax there is nowhere smaller to move to. Vulnerable people are being hit with a bill of £720 per year through no fault of their own. Instead of reducing the housing benefit bill there is a real risk that the bedroom tax will cost the taxpayer more than it saves.
Speaking after the Commons vote, MP Rosie said:
“The bedroom tax is leaving families here in West Lancashire and others up and down the country with nowhere to go and on the edge of spiralling debts and possible eviction.
“The Labour Party has stated its commitment to repeal the bedroom tax and I voted in support of repealing this tax now, not waiting until 2015 when people get an opportunity to throw this government out.
“This bedroom tax policy can only work if, for example, people living in a three-bedroom property who now only need a one-bedroom property are able to move. If there is no where or them to move to then they are forced to pay for any extra rooms.
“Here in West Lancashire there are 19 one bedroom properties. Yet there are 813 tenants deemed to be under-occupying or having more bedrooms than they need. It doesn’t take a maths genius to know that 813 doesn’t go into 19. On top of that we have nearly 2000 people waiting for one bedroom properties.
“Many of the people affected by the bedroom tax are the most vulnerable. What these figures show is a Government that is intent on cutting budgets regardless of the consequences or the harm it is causing people and families.”