I voted against the bedroom tax because it’s deeply unfair. I’ve seen firsthand the huge distress and financial hardship it causes to some of the most vulnerable people in our city. Many of the 2,400 people currently affected in Leicester are genuinely sick and disabled. Moving is not an option for them as they need a room for their partner or children who provide vital care.
Hitting these families with an average bill of £720 a year whilst handing millionaires an average tax cut of £100,000 is completely wrong.
The bedroom tax is also likely to end up costing taxpayers more, as many people are forced to move to more expensive private rented housing which will lead to higher benefit bills.
That’s why I think Ed Miliband is absolutely right to say Labour will repeal the bedroom tax if we win the next general election.