Government slammed for 'turning a blind eye' to bedroom tax suffering
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing
50,000 North East families hit by ‘bedroom tax’
The coalition government has been accused of turning a blind eye to the suffering caused by the controversial bedroom tax, by Unite, the country's biggest union.
Parliament today voted against Labour MP Ian Lavery's Ten Minute Rule Bill on the bedroom tax, which if passed would have paved the way for the introduction of a private member's bill aimed at overturning the controversial under-occupancy policy.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "This government has turned a blind eye to the suffering of tens of thousands of people today.
“The hated bedroom tax is driving thousands of families into poverty and forcing people out of their homes, through no fault of their own.
“Today Ian Lavery MP’s Ten Minute Rule Bill gave the government the chance to face up to its grave mistake, yet it continues to press ahead callously.
“It is welcome that the Labour Party has pledged to scrap the bedroom tax if elected in 2015. However, for the people facing eviction that day can’t come quickly enough. If this government had even a shred of decency it would have taken Ian Lavery’s advice and scrapped the bedroom tax today."