Plymouth Labour has welcomed Ed Miliband’s decision to repeal the Bedroom Tax, saying it will give hope to the many disabled and vulnerable people in this area who have been unfairly hit by David Cameron’s cruel tax.
The Bedroom Tax hits over 400,000 disabled people nationwide, and over 2,000 people in Plymouth. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting 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 real risk the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves.
Luke Pollard, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton & Devonport told the PRSD: “Repealing the Bedroom Tax is absolutely the right thing to do. The Bedroom Tax tells you all you need to know about how out of touch David Cameron is, targeting the most vulnerable in Plymouth whilst handing out tax cuts to the nation’s millionaires.”
Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, said: ’My casework has doubled as a result of this evil ‘tax’. I was receiving emails from suicidal people. It was being raised during street surgeries every week. Labour’s plans to repeal the Bedroom Tax are sensible and fair. The Bedroom Tax is costing taxpayers more than it saves, is causing incredible misery and hitting the poorest and most vulnerable in Plymouth hard.”
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:
• reversing George Osborne’s recent tax cut for hedge funds announced in Budget 2013;
• reversing 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; and
• tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.
Alison Seabeck MP added: “The tax cuts for hedge funds introduced earlier this year cannot be a priority when disabled people are being plunged into debt. The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair policy that hits the vulnerable and what’s more risks costing more than it saves. That is just not the kind of Britain most people in Plymouth want to live in.”
(from a press release)