MPs urged to support bedroom tax amendment
MPs have come under pressure to accept an amendment to the government’s plan for a ‘bedroom tax’.
More than 70 family, disability and housing groups have written a joint letter urging MPs to accept the amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill which returns to the House of Commons today.
Under the government’s plans, 670,000 households – two-thirds containing a disabled family member – would lose an average of £670 a year in housing benefit because they are deemed to have one or more additional bedrooms.
In December members of the House of Lords voted in favour of a cross-party amendment to exempt the ‘bedroom tax’ from families with just one additional bedroom where there are no alternative properties available.
The National Housing Federation said if MPs reject the Lords amendment grandparents who share the care of their grandchildren, families in which two same-sex teenage children have their own bedroom and disabled tenants who need an adapted room to live independently, will see their incomes cut.
David Orr, chief executive of the NHF, said: ‘That so many different organisations, from disabled charities to mortgage lenders, have come together shows just how urgent this amendment has become for Britain’s most vulnerable families.
‘For thousands of families this amendment could mean the difference between making ends meet and living in poverty. It’s unfair and unjust to penalise people for under occupying when there are no smaller homes for them to move to.
‘Together, we’re calling on MPs to ensure government listens to the clear message sent by peers by allowing this compromise to stand.’