MP: Coalition clueless about impact of bedroom tax on wheelchair users
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities
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The coalition government has admitted it has no idea how many disabled people in wheelchairs have been affected by the controversial bedroom tax.
Following a parliamentary question from Frank Field MP, who asked how many tenants in receipt of disability living allowance and living in wheelchair-standard properties had been hit by the under-occupancy policy, the minister for employment said that "the information is not available".
In response to the answer, Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, said: "The government is utterly clueless about the impact of its vicious bedroom tax on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
"Evidence on the ground suggests that a large proportion of tenants affected by this nasty measure are disabled people in wheelchairs, who receive DLA and live in homes that have been adapted to meet their needs.
"The government needs to wake up to the severe hardship and distress its ‘reform’ is creating for disabled people in wheelchairs. Better still, it should pledge to scrap the bedroom tax with immediate effect."