Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin slams 'tenant tax' on working people

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed Conservative ‘pay-to-stay’ plans which force councils to hike rents for working families.

New Conservative legislation means that couples earning as little as £15,500 each could see their council rent hiked up to private market level. Tenants earning more than the £15,500 are hit by an effective marginal tax rate that is twice the Prime Minister’s and almost double Wayne Rooney’s.

Official government figures show that across Dudley the changes will apply to 22,560 council tenants, leaving them an average of £1,994 a year worse off.

Austin has slammed the plans as a ‘tenant tax’ on working people, saying it sends the message the council homes are not for working people by penalising families that want to work extra hours or take a promotion.

The MP has now written to the Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP urging him to reverse the plans and support working people.

Ian Austin said:

“These pay-to-stay plans are a tax on families that are working hard and trying to get on.

“These are exactly the families that the government should be offering support, but here in Dudley they will be an average of £1,994 a year worse off.

“We need a new approach to welfare based on principles of hard work and contribution, so that working people who pay their way get more support not less.”

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