Ian Austin MP

Independent MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Scrap the Bedroom Tax now

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for the Bedroom Tax is be scrapped immediately.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has voted against the Bedroom Tax in a House of Commons vote and called for the policy to be scrapped completely.

The Bedroom Tax is charged to low-income families that live in social housing with a spare room and costs an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the policy have disabilities and 60,000 are carers.

Recent reports say that 5,435 families in Dudley have now been pushed into arrears by the policy costing the Council £1.4 million in lost rent.

Labour MPs joined with Liberal Democrats who had previously supported the policy to win the vote on protecting vulnerable people from the Bedroom Tax. Austin is now calling for the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped completely.

Ian Austin said:

“I have heard from lots of local people hit by the Bedroom Tax here in Dudley.

“The Bedroom Tax means they can’t afford the rent and want size down, but there just aren’t any smaller properties for them to move to.

“It looks like the Bedroom Tax is on its way out and some of the most vulnerable people in Dudley will now be protected, but many will continue to suffer until it is scrapped completely.”

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