Brighton and Hove Labour have today applauded Ed Miliband’s pledge that the party would axe the Tory-led Government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’ if Labour win the 2015 General Election.
The policy, introduced by the Government in April, has seen nearly 1,000 Brighton and Hove residents in social housing hit with benefit cuts of up to 25% for those who Ministers deemed to have ‘more bedrooms than they need.’
Figures for the city, obtained via freedom of information requests, revealed that over 1/3rd of tenants affected by the bedroom tax had already been pushed into arrears by the policy in its first four months alone – the highest figures across the entire South East.
Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group on Brighton and Hove Council commented:
I’m delighted Ed Miliband has committed a Labour government to abolishing the hated Tory Bedroom Tax. This unfair tax has already helped to push 350 people into rent arrears and debt in Brighton and Hove, many in my ward, because of this measure that unjustly penalises people on lower incomes.
This Labour pledge will offer hope that in just under six hundred days we could see the back of the Bedroom Tax, but only if voters elect Labour MPs and a Labour Government.
Labour-led councils around the country have helped tenants facing the Bedroom Tax by re-classifying rooms, real and practical help compared to the headline-grabbing but ineffective Greens step of pledging “no evictions”, but failing to back it up with sufficient funds.