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Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby, Claire Edwards, has pledged that a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax. Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry MP joined Claire and activists at a campaign event against the Bedroom Tax, highlighting that the unfair tax has hit 817 families and households in Rugby alone.

Claire Edwards and Emily Thornberry

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby Claire Edwards
Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry and local Labour activists


Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Rugby, Councillor Claire Edwards said:

“Britain can’t afford another year of David Cameron Bedroom Tax. 817 families and households in Rugby have been hit by this cruel and costly tax on bedrooms. It’s time for the government to ditch the Bedroom Tax, if they don’t, then a Labour government will.”


Since David Cameron’s Tory-led Government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average, an extra £720 a year. In the West Midlands, 49,363 people have been affected by the tax.

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.


Shadow Attorney General, Emily Thornberry MP said:

“Over the past year half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands into debt for the first time 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 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.”

Earlier this year, Employment Minister Esther McVey admitted that the Bedroom Tax “was never all about saving money”, despite the Government repeatedly claiming that it would cut costs.

Figures contained in the Budget have shown the housing benefit bill will continue rising not falling, with an increase of £1billion forecast over the next four years.

Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry joins Bedroom Tax campaign in Rugby

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Rugby, Claire Edwards, has pledged that a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax. Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry MP joined Claire and activists at a...

A year after the Bedroom Tax was introduced Stephanie Peacock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, was joined in Blackheath by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves MP to call for the Bedroom Tax to be axed.

Rachel and Steph

Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis Stephanie Peacock,
Shadow work and Pensions Secretarty Rachel Reeves MP, and local Labour activists campaigning for the Bedroom Tax to be axed  

Speaking at the event in Blackheath, Stephanie Peacock said:

“The unfair and unjust tax has caused massive hardship to people across Halesowen and Rowley Regis. There are just not the homes available for people to move into so they are forced to pay this unfair tax that disproportionately hits the disabled and vulnerable.”

Rachel Reeves MP 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 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 £1 billion increase over the next five years.

“In Halesowen and Rowley 1,283 have been affected, that’s why one year on since its introduction I have joined Stephanie Peacock’s campaign to axe the Bedroom Tax.”

This protest follows a previous successful protest in Somers Square against the Bedroom Tax last year, where Stephanie Peacock and local Labour members gained 200 signatures petitioning against the unfair policy.

Axe the Bedroom Tax

A year after the Bedroom Tax was introduced Stephanie Peacock, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, was joined in Blackheath by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves...

Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, has announced that Labour would appoint Regional Ministers in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

In a speech to the IPPR, Michael Dugher said that only Labour can offer a One Nation platform and deliver jobs and growth in every region.

This is part of Labour’s plan for radical devolution of power to England’s great towns and city-regions, which Ed Miliband outlined further later in the day.

Regional Ministers would facilitate relationships between Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and central government; advise Ministers on the impact of local and regional policy; bring existing structures and the private sector together to encourage investment; and would be a visible representative of their area in Whitehall.

Regional Ministers would be critical in delivering Labour’s agenda to devolve more power to city-regions and Local Authorities. 

Labour would set up a Regional Committee sitting in the Cabinet Office, made up of all Regional Ministers and Chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to monitor local and regional policy outcomes.

Announcing that Labour would introduce Regional Ministers, Michael Dugher said: 

“Our belief is that regional growth demands sub-regional initiatives, co-ordinated and driven forward at regional level.

“Labour is pledging to introduce Regional Ministers to put the voice of the English regions at the heart of Labour decision-making.  They will help to shape policy around local and regional interests with a view to correcting the regional inequalities that have arisen under the Tories.

“Regional Ministers would not be a replica of what came before, but rather would be complementary to our agenda to devolve more power to city-regions.

“Regional Ministers would bring together central government, business and local authorities, advise Ministers on the impact of government policy in the regions and promote inward investment.”

 

Labour Pledges to Introduce Regional Ministers to Support Regional Growth

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