Figures released yesterday (5th March 2013) by the National Housing Federation (NHF) show 10,252 residents on Teesside will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ losing on average £728 per year.
Commenting on the figures local Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, said:
“There is no way to describe these figures other than shocking. In my constituency almost 2000 people will be hit by the tax and it has been a recurring issue when I have been talking to constituents.
“It is a policy that I have been campaigning against and a particularly distressing case is of one of my constituents, Alison Huggan, who will be impacted by the Bedroom Tax whilst her twin sons have been serving in the Armed Forces. Similarly distressing is two thirds of the households that are hit are home to someone with a disability, and foster parents will also be hit. Yet strangely prisoners escape the policy.
“The Bedroom Tax will hammer families on Teesside who are already struggling to make ends meet but will now have to find on average £728 extra a year. Meanwhile 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000.
“I will continue to put pressure on this out of touch government until Ministers see sense, admit this policy is totally unfair and think again.”