Steve to Speak Out Against Bedroom Tax

(December 16, 2014)

Steve on Bedroom Tax Policy

Walton MP Steve Rotheram has urged MPs from all parties to back Labour’s attempt to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. Labour has forced a debate and vote on the Bedroom Tax in parliament on Wednesday 17th December, when he will be present in the Chamber.

Steve explained, “Since the Bedroom Tax was introduced around half a million low-income households have been forced to find, on average, an extra £700 a year. In Walton alone, more than 2,280 people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax.

“‘This Christmas every single one of those people will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax which David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s government introduced in April 2013. It’s another example of Tory Welfare Waste.

“Sometimes there are policies that are so totemic they define the character of a political party. When you see the Tories introducing a policy like the Bedroom Tax you know the nasty party hasn’t changed. But with this motion on Wednesday you also see that the Labour Party has. We are doing what the founders of the Labour movement called on sympathisers to do; stand up for those less privileged and fortunate than ourselves, making sure that society can be compassionate when it needs to be; and never asking the people with the least to suffer the most.

“Tomorrow, I’ll be joining colleagues in the lobby forcing a vote to scrap this failing policy once and for all. I urge MPs from all parties to do the right thing and back Labour’s attempt to scrap this cruel and unfair tax”.

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