Thursday, 27 October 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.’

Readers' comments (16)

Comments are only open to subscribers of Inside Housing

Already a subscriber?

If you’re already a subscriber to Inside Housing, your subscription may not be linked to your online account. You can link your subscription from within the My Account section of the website and clicking on Link My Account.

Not yet a subscriber?

If you don't yet subscribe to Inside Housing, please visit our subscription page to view our various subscription packages.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register

Newsletter Sign-up



  • Arrears spike following bedroom tax

    22 July 2016

    The proportion of social housing tenants with rent arrears spiked following the introduction of the bedroom tax, new data reveals.

  • Court rules bedroom tax is unlawful

    27 January 2016

    The bedroom tax unlawfully discriminates against domestic violence victims and disabled children, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

  • Freud: Bedroom tax leads to better use of housing

    22 December 2015

    Lord David Freud has defended the bedroom tax following an official report last week that found just 8% of social tenants had downsized in response to the policy.

  • Bedroom tax tenants 'fail to downsize'

    18 December 2015

    Just 8% of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have moved to smaller properties, an official study commissioned by the government has found.

  • Stormont deal will nullify bedroom tax

    18 November 2015

    The bedroom tax will be introduced in Northern Ireland but fully mitigated for at least four years under an historic agreement to break political deadlock in the country.

IH Subscription