As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, Michael voted this week to call on this Tory-led Government to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas.
The call for action was unfortunately defeated by the Government through the support of the Lib Dems and follows a parliamentary question tabled by Michael which revealed almost 1,500 have been hit by the tax in Barnsley East alone. Each of these people have been forced to find, on average an extra £700 a year. In the wider region, over 16,500 people in South Yorkshire have been affected by the Bedroom Tax.
The policy is cruel and unfair and has failed A government report published in the summer found that just 6 per cent of people hit by the Bedroom Tax were moving and that the policy had led to 60 per cent of people falling behind with their rent.
Commenting, Michael said, “This Christmas nearly 1,500 people in Barnsley East alone will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s government introduced in April 2013. The Bedroom Tax is wasting people’s money, time and talents.
“We need to scrap this cruel, unfair and failing tax once and for all. It should be scrapped immediately.”