MPs vote in favour of bedroom tax changes
- 08 Sep
MPs have voted in favour of a bill which will see large numbers of people exempt from the bedroom tax.
A private members bill would see tenants exempt from the bedroom tax if a reasonable offer of alternative accommodation has not been received. MPs voted by 3307 to 231 in favour of the bill during its second reading in the House of Commons, reports Inside Housing.
Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pension's secretary described the vote as "an important victory for all those paying today." Labour will now seek to amend the bill to scrap the bedroom tax entirely.
Andrew George, who introduced the bill said: "It is quite clear that if we are to ensure that...the vulnerable are properly protected, the rules should be changed so that existing tenants are not penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available in their locality. Anyone who wants to engage in the desperate effort to try and find alternative accommodation in my constituency of Cornwall would be lucky to find somewhere within 40 miles. Where downsizing would mean they can't stay within the local community and as a result of that move would lose social ties, jobs and where there children would have to change school, it is important and reasonable that we address that issue."
The Affordable Homes bill would see people with disabilities whose home has been adapted and those who were unable to share rooms, exempt.
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