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Birmingham Yardley Labour Parliamentary Candidate on John Hemming MPs continued support of the Bedroom Tax

Birmingham Yardley Labour Parliamentary Candidate Jess Phillips says she is disappointed but not surprised by John Hemming MPs continued support of the Bedroom Tax.


Jess Phillips, Birmingham Yardley's LabourParliamentary Candidate

The Labour Party showed their strong opposition to the Bedroom Tax November 12th 2013, calling for the Government to repeal the current rules about those dependent of Housing Benefit and their property size. 

The Bedroom Tax hits over 400,00 disabled people nationwide, and around 1,325 people in Birmingham Yardley.

For the vast majority affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to. The tax hits vulnerable people with an average bill of £720 a year, through no fault of their own.

Instead of reducing the housing benefit bill, there is now a risk that the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves.

Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, said:

"The Bedroom Tax is leaving families up and down this country with nowhere to go and on the edge of spiralling debt. These people simply can't wait until the next Labour government in 2015 for it to be reeled. They need it repealed now."

John Hemming, Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, joined his the Tories in support of the bedroom tax in Tue'sday's vote, held in Parliament. 

Jess Phillips, Birmingham Yardley's Parliamentary Candidate, stated that this came as "no surprise" to her, adding:

"What does this say to Joy in Acocks Green, a carer for her terminally ill mother, who is being stung with this cruel tax even though she lives in Sheltered Accommodation, with age limits meaning that it is not allowed to be used by a family. I know what he would say: "Get a lodger, Joy". He has said it before."

Jess Phillips continued:

"[T]his kind of attitude shows Joy and all of the other residents in Birmingham Yardley how out of touch this Tory-LibDem Government are.

The Labour Party promised to repeat the tax in government, and because we know that in these tough financial times we can't borrow more to pay for social security, we've set out a clean plan to pay for the repeals by curing down on tax loopholes and avoidance."

The next Labour Government will repeal the Bedroom Tax without extra borrowing.

To cover the £470m cost of repealing the Bedroom Tax, funds have been earmarked from:

• Revising George Osborne's recent tax cut for hedge funds announced in Budget 2013
• Revising George Osborne's shares for rights scheme which has been rejected by businesses, has opened up a tax loophole, and
   will lead to £1bn being lost to the Exchequer according to the Office for Budget Responsibility
• Tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.

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