CALLS have been made for the Government to scrap the Bedroom Tax after more funding has been found to deal with the issues it has caused.
Labour Grahame Morris MP, who represents Easington, has urged the Coalition Government to axe reforms of what he calls an “unfair tax”.
The Government announced that further Discretionary Housing funding would be available to deal with the problems caused by the bedroom Tax.
Mr Morris said: “The Bedroom Tax is a cruel and unfair measure that hits over 400,000 disabled people and 60,000 households with carers.
“For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people through no fault of their own. There is now a real risk that the Bedroom Tax will cost more money than it saves.
“A Labour Government would scrap the Bedroom Tax.”
Under a change in housing benefit rules introduced in April, the “spare room subsidy” was removed from housing benefit.
The Government said it would puts social sector tenants in a better position than those in the private rental sector.
Ministers have argued the changes will encourage people to downsize to smaller properties, which will help cut down on the annual bill for housing benefit, freeing up living space for overcrowded families, and encourage people to get jobs.
Mr Morris added 50,000 people have been affected by the reform in the North East, 31,500 of whom are classed as disabled.
He said: “David Cameron’s Government have completely botched this.
“Only weeks ago they said nobody was using this money, now they’re doubling it.
“Their bedroom tax is pushing hundreds of families in my constituency into spiralling debt. Instead of stop-gap measures, they should abolish the bedroom tax. If they won’t, Labour will.”