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Halton MP pledges to repeal 'cruel and unfair' bedroom tax
THE bedroom tax which has hit thousands of Halton families will be abolished if Labour wins the next election, vowed Halton MP Derek Twigg.
He raised the crisis with David Cameron at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons.
Hundreds of tenants facing a levy on spare rooms staged mass rallys outside Runcorn Town Hall and Widnes town centre earlier this year.
Mr Twigg said: “It is because Labour is serious about getting the social security bill down that repealing the bedroom tax is the right thing to do. As well as being cruel and unfair, growing evidence shows that the bedroom tax costs more than it saves, partly because those forced to move to the private rented sector will end up costing more in housing benefit.
“Housing Associations say that tens of millions of pounds are likely to be lost through the build up of arrears.”
Mr Twigg said he has been inundated with letters from Halton tenants, including many who are disabled.
He added: “Labour has announced that we will repeal the bedroom tax.
“We’ll pay for that by reversing government measures including the recent tax cut for hedge funds, the shares for rights scheme, which opened up a massive £1 billion tax loophole, and tackling tax scams in the construction industry.
Halton Council leader Clr Rob Polhill welcomed the move. He said: “This policy was flawed from the start and it has proved to be a disaster, helping destroy the lives of some of our most vulnerable people.
“The impact of the bedroom tax and the other welfare reforms is pushing people further into hardship and debt.
“I am delighted that Ed Miliband has committed to Labour repealing the tax and has earmarked funds to pay for it by scrapping other ill-thought out government schemes that are also not working.”
Halton MP Derek Twigg
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