Labour gathers in Bristol for Bedroom Tax battle

Research from Labour suggests 4,700 households across Bristol will be affected by the Bedroom Tax, costing households an extra £2.5million a year

Darren Jones

Darren Jones

A Labour shadow minister will be in Bristol today to highlight the party’s campaign against the government’s so-called ‘bedroom tax’.

Jack Dromey, the Shadow Housing Minister, will be in the city to meet prospective parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West Darren Jones, who this week has been living on a disposable income of £18.

This figure is the amount campaigners say some families will be left with after the introduction of the Bedroom Tax in April.

From next month, an under-occupation penalty will be served on housing benefit claimants in the social rented sector with a spare room or rooms in their homes.

Around 660,000 will be subject to the penalty, around 20% of social housing tenants. One spare room will result in a 14% reduction in benefit. Two or more spare rooms will see a 25% reduction in benefit.

Research from Labour suggests more than 4,700 households across Bristol will be affected by the Bedroom Tax, costing households an extra £2.5million a year.

Mr Dromey will meet families due to be affected by the changes, alongside Mr Jones and Labour’s candidate for Bristol West Thangam Debbonaire. They will call on people affected by the Bedroom Tax to write to Stephen Williams (MP for Bristol West) and Charlotte Leslie (MP for Bristol North West) to call on the government to rethink its plans.

“I agree that we have social housing that is under occupied. I agree that we have families requiring homes and homes that are of sufficient size for their families and I agree that, if you rent in the private sector, that you won’t get extra space that you don’t pay for,” said Mr Jones.

“What I disagree with is the solution being offered. Adding the Bedroom Tax to already hard-pressed family budgets is not the solution.

“This is a problem created by politicians, not people in Bristol North West. The solution should be to build more houses, not to make life more difficult for those who had no role in creating the issue in the first place.”

For more information about the Bedroom Tax, try this Channel 4 website article…

10 Responses to Labour gathers in Bristol for Bedroom Tax battle
  1. MarK Prosser
    July 14, 2013 | 11:49 am

    they can give away billions to other countrys and then penalise us all for their incompidence and tell us we have no money and we are in debt i beleve we have the loony partys running amuck

  2. C.irwin
    March 12, 2013 | 11:42 pm

    This is the poll tax all over again, And we know what happend last time, They Don,t care about people who they know don,t vote for them ? the poor at the botom . They don,t want to tax the ritch in there mansions who are there backers ,suporters voters. And they were the goverment that sold off the housing stock in the 80,s .They only got in throught the back door without a majority ? This is what thay want not what we need . What happend to the lib dems ,they will do anything to stay in power.

  3. Matthew Carey
    March 11, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Bristol Anti-Cuts Alliance are helping to organise a demonstration in Bristol against the Bedroom Tax as part of a national day of action in more than 40 towns and cities. Saturday 16th March 1pm College Green – see our website for more details.

  4. Bedminster woman
    March 8, 2013 | 9:04 am

    i gave up my 4 bed family home 18 months ago to move into a small 2 bed property i have 4 granchildren ,and have needed someone to stay overnight at times due to ill health and operations .where are the family suppose to sleep overnight ?WITH ME ? And i feel i have been caught twice as ive given up my family home.

  5. Bedminster Boy
    March 4, 2013 | 9:20 am

    A tax is money levied on income earned our purchases made. This is not a tax in any way shape or form, it is simply the usual Labour soundbite dreamed up by someone in London. The fact that it is being repeated by the usual Bristol Labour drones gives weight to the fact that the party haven't got a clue what they actually stand for.

  6. tick1968
    March 3, 2013 | 5:57 pm

    get a job….

  7. catwoman63
    March 2, 2013 | 10:26 am

    I wish this government would stop telling people that if you have a non residentcarer staying over night you are allowed a bedroom. As I have found out it is allowed only if you employ a proffessiinal carer friends and family.caring for you over night do not count. I hope all the protest marches go ahead without trouble and I am supporting them in these marches although being seriously disabled I cant march with them

  8. thebristolblogger
    March 1, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Labour suggesting those affected write a letter is not very inspiring. Do they think we all live in Tunbridge Wells?

    • wood5y
      March 2, 2013 | 9:07 am

      Isn't Tunbridge Wells on the target list for the bourgeois shower of megalomaniacs now masquerading as the modern Labour Party?

      I've tried writing to Stephen Williams (as he's my MP) on other matters and it's not worth the effort. Even if he does have the courtesy to reply, his response is usually less than useless.

  9. helenbrown36
    March 1, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Its good to see someone approaching this common sense – where would the extra money for this extra 'tax' come from in low income families? Plunging people into povery because of their housing is ridiculous, and yes again it is a problem created by the government that the people affected and charities not supported by the government are being asked to clean up.

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