Even before the hateful bedroom tax was introduced Louise could see the writing on the bedroom wall; that is why she set up Labour Against the Bedroom Tax in February 2013 with the aim of sharing the stories of victims, piling pressure on the Tory and Liberal Democrat Government in the hope they would see sense and encouraging the Labour Party leadership to pledge to abolish it if elected to Government.
David Cameron's hated Bedroom Tax has hit more than half a million people, two thirds of them are disabled people. Labour will scrap it.
The Bedroom Tax is cruel, unfair, and it doesn't work. The Tories claimed it would encourage people to move house, but the vast majority of those affected have nowhere smaller to move to and have stayed put. The average family paying the tax is losing £720 a year – money they can ill afford. And yet the Bedroom Tax has cost the taxpayer more than it saves.
- People have moved into private properties, rented from landlords who charge more for the smaller home than they were paying for a larger social one.
- Some people have moved out of a home which was personally adapted for their disability needs into a new home where an investment of many thousands of pounds has been required to make it accessible.
- Housing Associations and other social landlords have suffered from serious rent arrears which has limited their ability to improve their existing stock
- Some landlords have been forced to demolish perfectly good three bedroom homes because they cannot find tenants who match the new strict criteria.
It is a disaster of epic proportions.
Louise met Jean in Thornaby, a 60 year old woman who was made redundant 3 years ago and has struggled to find another job because of her age. She is paying the bedroom tax and also council tax for the first time. As a single person on JSA, after these costs and her ordinary household bills, energy and so on, she is now living on £1 per day – and she hasn’t had her hair cut for over a year.
Labour will abolish the Bedroom Tax. Our policy is fully funded, so that it won't lead to any additional borrowing.
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Colin and Lorraine, Thornaby.
''The unfair bedroom tax has hit us hard. Louise was a great help to us, we were desperate when we got in touch with her. Louise set up Labour Against The Bedroom Tax in 2013 and has spent two years as a volunteer, helping people like us, not just locally but right across the country. Now we need her as our Labour MP to vote to scrap it completely.''