Easington MP backs Labour bedroom tax scrap plans

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AN MP has backed his party’s plans to repeal the Bedroom Tax.

Labour member Grahame Morris, who represents the Easington constituency, has welcomed the decision by his party leaders to scrap the Government’s housing benefit changes if it comes to power in the next general election.

Since April, social housing tenants deemed to have spare rooms have either had to pay more in rent or move somewhere smaller.

Mr Morris has branded the move a “cruel tax” and says in the vast majority of causes, there is nowhere smaller to move to.

He said it has hit: “vulnerable people with an average bill of £720 a year through no fault of their own.”

He added: “Instead of reducing the housing benefit bill, there is now a real risk the Bedroom Tax will cost more than it saves.

“Repealing the Bedroom Tax is absolutely the right thing to do.”

Labour has said it will repeal the decision without extra borrowing.

It says to cover the £470million cost of changing the benefit, funds have been earmarked from reversing George Osborne’s tax cut for hedge funds, the chancellor’s shares for rights scheme and tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.

Mr Morris added: “I think most ordinary people will think Labour’s plans to repeal the Bedroom Tax are sensible and fair.”