Jo Stevens

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Bedroom Tax - Letter to the Editor


The bedroom tax is a pernicious and nasty policy introduced by the Lib Dem Tory coalition government. Two thirds of people affected by the bedroom tax are disabled. Around 3000 households in Cardiff have been hit by it. It has caused misery and hardship. It has cost more to administer than it has collected.

After four and a half years supporting the bedroom tax, Liberal Democrat Jenny Willott, my local MP in Cardiff Central, suddenly announced on 4th November, that she was resigning as a government whip so she could "speak out more publicly on behalf of [my] constituents" and in her letter, described it as the "unfair bedroom tax". What did this amount to? This week Ms Willott voted with the Tories in support of the bedroom tax for the fifth time.

That isn't speaking out publicly on behalf of constituents, it's saying one thing and doing another. It's abandoning people you claim to represent.

The Labour Party will abolish the bedroom tax if elected next May. That's not just words. It's a promise that Labour will deliver.


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