I have called on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to scrap the bedroom tax during question time in the House of Commons.
During Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions I highlighted the Papworth Trust report that shows that nine out of ten disabled people who are refused a safety-net housing payment are cutting back on food or bills to pay the bedroom tax.
The Deputy Prime Minister is burying his head in the sand about the impact the bedroom tax is having on people who are already struggling to make ends meet. The bedroom tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people. For the vast majority of those affected there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people through no fault of their own. There is now a real risk that the bedroom tax will cost more money than it saves.
The bedroom tax was not in the Coalition Agreement and is a clear example of what happens when Ministers make policy on the hoof. I am pleased that the next Labour Government will repeal the bedroom tax – it is absolutely the right thing to do. However, the Deputy Prime Minister should stand up to his Coalition colleagues and scrap the tax now, before more people are made homeless or have to choose between paying the bedroom tax, feeding themselves or heating their homes.