The Bedroom Tax Needs To Be Repealed Says Mark Tami MP

Bedroom Tax

Mark Tami MP for Alyn & Deeside voted this week to abolish the bedroom tax saying that the people affected by this tax simply can’t wait until 2015 for it to be repealed.

The Bedroom Tax hits over 660,000 people nationwide, and around 837 people in Alyn & Deeside. 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.

Mark Tami MP said:

“The Bedroom Tax is leaving families up and down this country with nowhere to go and on the edge of spiralling debt. I support the promise by the Labour Party to repeal the Bedroom Tax if they win the General Election but it needs to be repealed now.”

The Labour Party has promised to repeal the Bedroom Tax if they win the General Election 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.

Mark Tami MP went on to say:

“There is a very real likelihood that the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves and I was very disappointed that the Government chose not to back an amendment which would have repealed this tax”