Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara calls for help for carers hit by the Bedroom Tax

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Barbara has highlighted the fact that many people in Salford caring for older or disabled people could face eviction or cuts to their weekly budgets due to pressures caused by having to pay the Bedroom Tax.

There are more than 23,000 carers in Salford and many have been hit by the extra costs of the Bedroom Tax. Carers may find they are unable to move to smaller accommodation because so few smaller properties are available and many are not adapted to the needs of elderly or disabled people. 

Some carers may need an extra bedroom to help with them cope with their caring, leaving them to cut costs elsewhere to pay the Bedroom Tax. For many carers, this can mean reducing the amount of food they buy or cutting back on essential utilities like gas and electricity.

Barbara said:

“Many carers are struggling financially because their caring workload means they have had to give up work or reduce their working hours in order to care. For many carers, the Bedroom Tax is an extra charge they just cannot afford.

“In Salford, for example, 6,400 carers are spending more than 50 hours each week caring for a friend or family member. Rather than penalizing these hard-working carers through this unfair tax, the Conservative-led Government should be doing more to support them.”

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