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Labour defeated over bedroom tax loophole closure

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Regulation

50,000 North East families hit by ‘bedroom tax’ 50,000 North East families hit by ‘bedroom tax’

Labour has lost a motion to stop the Tory-led coalition closing a loophole in the bedroom tax.

MPs voted by a majority of 304 to 253 to close the loophole, which exempts social housing tenants who have lived in the same residence since 1996 while continually claiming housing benefit from paying the controversial under-occupancy charge.

Labour MP Chris Bryant, the shadow welfare reform minister, tweeted: "Once again, callous Tories and LibDems have voted against doing the decent thing on the Bedroom-Tax. LibDem treachery."

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