Wednesday, 31 August 2016

MPs mount last ditch challenge to bedroom tax

Welsh, Scottish and Green Party MPs are making a final attempt today to get the government to scrap its plans to introduce penalties for the under-occupation of social housing.

Plaid Cymru, the Scottish National Party and the Green Party have called an opposition day debate on a motion relating to ‘housing benefit and the under-occupancy penalty’.

Under the government’s plans, dubbed the ‘bedroom tax’, working age social tenants who are receiving housing benefit will have their payments cut if they are deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms under the Department for Work and Pensions’ strict criteria. The policy is due to come into force on 1 April.

The debate is being led by Hywel Williams, Plaid Cymru MP for Arfon.

‘There is growing public anger at the introduction of the bedroom tax. Plaid Cymru and the SNP are determined to put pressure on the government to abolish this unjust and unworkable proposal,’ he said.

‘This is a politically-directed exercise to save money at the expense of some of society’s most vulnerable people, and one that will lead to a far more costly legacy in the long-term.’

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