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Catherine West: I will be proud to vote to scrap the unfair, cruel Bedroom Tax

This week is exactly two years since the Bedroom Tax was introduced in the UK by the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition. Alongside the huge rise in food banks and zero hours contracts, nothing reveals more about the legacy of this Government than this cruel tax that has hit more than 700 low-paid households across Hornsey and Wood Green.

In London the average cost to a family hit by the Bedroom Tax is currently £1,060 a year, and more than half the people who have to pay it are disabled.

 

Some of the most vulnerable with the least security have been forced to pay more at the worst possible time.

 

I've met tenants who are suffering increasing debt and the threat of eviction - and if the Tories and Lib Dems win again, those affected would pay an additional £5,300 over the course of another five-year Parliament.

 

I'm proud that one of my first acts if elected on May 7 would be to vote to scrap this cruel, unfair tax

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