Barbara has criticised the Conservative-led Government for hitting unpaid family carers with the Bedroom Tax. In a Parliamentary answer DWP Minister Esther McVey reports that 60,000 households including a carer are affected by the Bedroom Tax.
This figure includes 50,000 carers who receive a Carers Allowance in recognition that their caring workload is at least 35 hours a week. The Bedroom Tax hits 5,000 households in Salford and around 110,000 in the North West region.
“I have campaigned against the Bedroom Tax, as it is an unfair tax which hits vulnerable people the hardest. It is now clear from the Minister’s reply that one in ten of the households affected has an unpaid family carer. This could mean 500 carers in Salford and 11,000 in the North West are having to find around £700 extra a year.
"Government Ministers argue that those affected by the Bedroom Tax should go to work or increase their working hours in order to pay the charge. For many carers this is not an option, as they have cut their working hours or given up work altogether in order to care. It is time this heartless Government recognised just how badly this unfair policy hits carers.
"I am pleased that Labour has pledged to abolish the Bedroom Tax if elected in 2015. I hope that gives carers in Salford and the vulnerable people they care for some hope of respite from this extra financial burden.”