12 months on after Government introduced the Bedroom Tax official figures show the Housing Benefit bill is rising not falling

Steve McCabe is joining other Labour MPs in fresh calls for the Government to scrap the Bedroom tax as official figures show Housing Benefit is costing more not less.

 

The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe MP said, ‘The bedroom tax has not only failed to reduce the housing benefit bill but it has also caused misery for thousands of people across the country who have been forced into rent arrears or worse made homeless. No wonder we don’t believe the Tories when they say, ‘we’re all in it together.’

Labour Works and Pensions spokeswoman, Rachel Reeves said, “Over the past year half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands into debt and thousands more to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax which targets the vulnerable, with two thirds of those affected being disabled. David Cameron promised the Bedroom Tax would save money, but figures in the Budget show the housing benefit bill is rising, not falling, with a huge £1billion increase over the next five years.”

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