MPs Debate Unfairness of Bedroom Tax on Disabled People
- 06 Mar
Prime Minister's Questions focuses on how the bedroom tax will negatively affect disabled people.
Ed Miliband put to David Cameron that hundreds of thousands of disabled people will lose an average of £700 a year under the plans.
Miliband shows figures that, in spite of some groups being exempt from bedroom tax, such as disabled people needing 24 hour care, there are still many disabled people that will be negatively affected.
Referring to the £25 million hardship fund set up for disabled people who would be affected by bedroom tax, he said this will not cover the £306 million that will be taken from them, and as the prime minister continued to defend the impact on disabled people. He said:
Will he admit that the vast majority of disabled people who are hit by his bedroom tax will get no help from his hardship fund?
Cameron argued that it was not removing people's housing benefits but correcting an imbalance.
When bedroom tax comes into effect in April, those living in social housing with what the government class as a spare room will lose a percentage of their housing benefits.
He defended the benefit cut with the theory that this is how it stands with those on housing benefits renting in the private sector:
There is a basic issue of fairness. How can it be fair that people on housing benefit in private rented accommodation do not get a spare room subsidy whereas people in social housing do?
That isn't fair and we are putting that right.
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