Councils want Bedroom Tax Abolished
- 12 Jun
36 local authorities have urged the government to remove the bedroom tax policy that was put in place in April.
The councils have agreed to work with housing associations to set up measures to support those who have been affected by the bedroom tax.
Labour councillors representing Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and 30 other cities have expressed their concern at the damage they say is being caused by the reduction in housing benefit.
At a summit held at Manchester Town Hall, officials expressed concerns about families being forced to leave their homes, people getting into negative debt cycles, and more people being forced into private rented accommodation.
They say this is forcing the benefit bills up and have a negative impact on local economies, and have agreed with housing organisations that they will set up support measures to intervene where people are in financial difficulty because of the cut to their benefits.
The councils that participated in the summit were:
The bedroom tax has been a disaster and is causing real hardship for families across the country.
- Cllr Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council
- Blackburn with Darwin
- High Peak
- North East Derbyshire
- North Warwickshire
- Telford & Wrekin
Cllr Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said they are working on a report to highlight the damage the tax has caused to the government:
The bedroom tax has been a disaster and is causing real hardship for families across the country. It is vital that the government repeals it now.
It will not contribute to deficit reduction, it will send families into debt cycles and it is causing unnecessary stress to some of the most vulnerable in our society.
The government needs to scrap this tax now and talk to local councils about more effective ways of reducing the social security bill.
We will also work to highlight to government the damage this is causing through a detailed report in the coming weeks.
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