Bedroom Tax: Labour MP Rachel Reeves condemns disgraceful squeeze on hungry families which affects 375,000 children
Shadow secretary for work and pensions Rachel Reeves, writing in the Mirror, calls on fellow MPs to repeal the hated tax
Children in homes hit by the Bedroom Tax are going hungry as their parents are forced to squeeze family food budgets.
As many as 375,000 youngsters are affected by the hated tax, new figures show.
Families who have been unable to move home are now worse off by £13.60 a week on average – £709 per year.
Labour, which has pledged to axe the tax, says desperate parents are turning to foodbanks to feed their kids or taking pay-day loans.
Writing in the Daily Mirror today, shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves says David Cameron has no idea of the havoc and distress the Coalition policy is causing to ordinary families across the country.
One housing association, Magenta Living in Liverpool, is considering demolishing three-bed homes it can no longer let.
The Mirror will tomorrow hold a protest at 1pm outside the Commons as MPs debate the policy, which cuts housing benefit for those with a spare room by around £13.60 a week. The public are invited to join the protest.
Even housing association boss Di Alexander – dad of Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny – has slammed the tax. But the Department for Work and Pensions insists it is “a necessary reform”.
Rachel Reeves MP: Meagre savings not worth pain
"The Bedroom Tax symbolises everything that’s wrong with David Cameron’s Government.
"While cutting taxes for millionaires he’s taking money from the poor and disabled and is so out of touch he seems oblivious to the distress he’s causing.
"New analysis shows that as many as 375,000 children could be forced to move or pushed deeper into poverty or debt by this policy.
"And for all the hardship and heartache, it isn’t even saving the money they said it would.
"Many of those forced to move end up in the private rented sector, costing taxpayers more in housing benefit.
"Thanks in no small part to brilliant campaigning by the Mirror, pressure is building to reverse this unjust policy.
"Tomorrow MPs vote on a Labour motion to repeal the Bedroom Tax at once with any costs covered by measures like ending “shares for rights” and false self-employment in construction.
"I hope Mirror readers will make sure their own MPs know how they feel."