Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has pledged to immediately end the under-occupancy penalty, or ‘bedroom tax’, imposed by the Coalition Government.
During his election campaign tour, Mr Miliband will say: ‘We’re going to abolish the bedroom tax in every corner of the United Kingdom. This tax is indefensible. It’s cruel and it doesn’t even work.
‘We’ll get to work immediately to ensure that families no longer lose out. So on day one of a Labour government, we free families from the burden of the bedroom tax.’
360,000 households in England, plus 31,000 in Wales and 70,000 in Scotland, would be affected by this proposed change.
The tax has been in place since April 2013, when tenants in council and social housing who had more bedrooms than occupants received up to 25% less housing benefit. The Coalition Government argues that the measure is necessary for their efforts to reduce growth in welfare spending, as set out in their economic plan.