Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Bedroom Tax: Rachel's letter to Nick Clegg

Ahead of the Bedroom Tax vote on Wednesday, Rachel wrote to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, last Friday to ask him and the Liberal Democrats to join Labour MPs and repeal it. A copy of Rachel's letter is below. 

Dear Nick,

This Christmas thousands of families will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax your government introduced in April 2013.

The Bedroom Tax costs half a million households on average £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the tax on bedrooms are disabled and 60,000 are carers.

On any measure the Bedroom Tax has failed. The government’s independent evaluation found that just 4.5 per cent of those affected had been able to move to smaller accommodation within the social sector. And half had fallen behind with their rent.

Next Wednesday Labour is forcing a vote to scrap this failing policy once and for all.

Repealing the Bedroom Tax will give hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are having to make impossible choices between heating and eating, paying the rent or paying bills.

If you and the Liberal Democrats vote with Labour, there would be a parliamentary majority for the immediate abolition of the Bedroom Tax.

So I urge you to do the right thing and vote with Labour to repeal the Bedroom Tax next Wednesday.

Yours sincerely,


Rachel Reeves MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions


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