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Around 60% of public think bedroom tax should be scrapped, poll shows

Three in five people think the Government should scrap the bedroom tax, new research shows.

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A poll of more than 2,000 adults conducted by ComRes for the National Housing Federation showed 59 per cent of people want the policy to be dropped entirely.

Two thirds of Liberal Democrat voters and a third of Conservative voters oppose the policy, which 79 per cent of Labour voters feel it should be abandoned.

The research also showed 87 per cent of the public believe those who need a spare bedroom for a sick or disabled relative should be exempt from the policy.

The NHF also revealed this week that 51 per cent of affected households were pushed into arrears in the first three months of the policy.

David Orr, chief executive at the NHF, said: ‘Potential Labour voters in particular believe the bedroom tax shows the Government is out of touch with the lives of real people.

‘We need a commitment to repeal the bedroom tax before yet more damage is done and tens of thousands more people spiral into debt as a result of this ill-conceived policy risk the roofs over their heads.’

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