Labour Candidate Scott Dickinson fights the Bedroom Tax
Local Labour Parliamentary Candidate, pledged to fight the unfair Bedroom Tax affecting hundreds of families in Berwick Constituency.
Locally while out campaigning Scott has come across many families who are struggling, they are being penalised for living in a home they were allocated in the first place by this unfair tax. Many can’t bear the thought of leaving communities they have lived in for many years and where their support network is and frankly why should they. Currently just short of 500 families are currently hit with this Bedroom Tax and a significant increase in North Northumberland would be seen if the Conservatives win. Unfortunately the Liberal Democrats in North Northumberland supported the Conservatives and introduced the Bedroom Tax only Labour will scrap it.
Scott said: “The Bedroom Tax will cost people £3400.00 in North Northumberland if the Tories win again. At the moment,498 in North Northumberland and 35,973 people are paying in the North East, but many more will be caught if the Tories win again. Labour has pledged to abolish the Bedroom Tax and only a Labour government will do this.
Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said: “771,000 people have been hit by the cruel Bedroom Tax, forcing many into debt and to rely on food banks. And five more years of David Cameron means another five years of the Bedroom Tax hitting a million more people. The first thing I will do as Labour Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is get rid of the cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax.”
- As of August 2014, 498 families in Berwick Constituency were paying the Bedroom Tax according to Department of Work and Pensions statistics. On average the tax costs people £3400.00 per year in this region.
- There are a total of 6,712 people in social rented tenure. At least as many new people will become liable to the Bedroom Tax as are paying now if the Conservatives are re-elected. All social tenants are at risk – a family can become liable if children leave home or someone dies.
- A DWP evaluation showed that 57% of claimants are cutting back on household basics but that only 4.5% had been able to move.