Thursday, 17 July 2014

Lib Dem’s call for “bedroom tax” changes

Nick Clegg has withdrawn support for cutting housing benefit payments to households with spare rooms, with Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander, claiming that families who are unable to downsize are being unfairly targeted. The change of heart follows the release of a new government report which showed that it was “clearly time to take stock and change our approach,” according to Mr Alexander. He recommends altering the provision so that if there is no suitable property available, a claimant would be exempt. Mr Alexander also recommended making disabled claimants exempt. Rachel Reeves, the shadow welfare secretary, said: “This is unbelievable hypocrisy from Nick Clegg. The Lib Dems voted for the bedroom tax. There wouldn’t be a bedroom tax if it wasn’t for the Lib Dems. And in February when Labour tabled a bill to scrap the bedroom tax, the Lib Dems were nowhere to be seen.”
The Guardian,

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