NHF targets Lib Dem MPs in bedroom tax battle
The National Housing Federation is urging people to tweet Liberal Democrat MPs to persuade them to support an amendment aimed at watering down the government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’.
The government plans to cut housing benefit for working age social housing tenants who are receiving the payments if they have a spare room. The penalty will affect an estimated 670,000 people and will leave those with one room facing a charge of £14 a week on average.
The House of Lords last week backed an amendment tabled by crossbench peer Lord Richard Best, to delay the tax for vulnerable groups, including foster carers, war widows and disabled people, if they only have one spare room, until suitable alternative accommodation becomes available.
The bill is expected to come back to the House of Commons within days, where it is expected the government will seek to overturn the amendment.
The votes of the Liberal Democrat MPs are therefore crucial as Nick Clegg’s party holds the balance of power.
The NHF is urging people to lobby Liberal Democrat MPs via the social networking site Twitter. It has posted the Twitter handles of 30 MPs on its website.