Barbara welcomes the news that a Labour Government would axe the Bedroom Tax. The Conservative-led Government brought in the charge now known as the Bedroom Tax, which affects 2,600 households in Worsley and Eccles South and over 5,000 households across Salford. More than half the families affected by the Bedroom Tax include disabled people, and unpaid family carers are also affected.
Families affected will have to pay out over £700 extra per year if they cannot move to a smaller property but few of these are available in Salford. Recent reports have shown that in the first few months since the Bedroom Tax was introduced, up to 50% of households affected have fallen into arrears with their rent and thousands of families may face eviction.
“I am delighted that Labour has listened to people affected by the Bedroom Tax and pledged to abolish this unfair charge. Recent surveys have shown that the majority of people think that the Bedroom Tax is unfair. It is unworkable because the only way to avoid paying extra rent is to move to a smaller property, but less than 100 families have been able to do this as smaller properties are just not available locally.
“This unfair and unworkable policy has brought worry, stress and anxiety to local families and Labour is right to pledge axing Bedroom Tax. Disabled people and their carers may need an extra room for medical reasons and I feel it is wrong to deny them that or force them to pay extra when smaller properties are not available.”