Libdem/Tory coalition “Bedroom Tax” to hit hundreds of Southport residents

Figures revealed by Southport Labour Party Action Team this week show that a total of 347 households in Southport will be affected by the coalition government’s introduction of the “Bedroom Tax”.

From April, welfare reforms will cut the amount of benefit that people can get if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home. The government’s impact assessment shows that those affected will lose an average of £728 a year. Housing association tenants are expected to lose £832 a year on average. Even worse news is that people who are prepared to move will still have to face the reduction while they wait to be placed in alternative accommodation; there is however a national shortage of smaller properties, particularly one-bedroom apartments.

Labour activist Lesley Delves commented “this punitive measure is going to be devastating for people on low pay, the unemployed and especially the disabled, who are not exempt. Hundreds of Southport residents are going to get a financial kick in the teeth from this Libdem/Tory government.”

Action Team member Ged Wright remarked “it’s beyond belief that our Libdem MP John Pugh chose to vote to introduce this measure which, as well as taking money from some of Southport’s most hard up residents, will remove hundreds of thousands of pounds from the local economy. How can he claim to be standing up for the town?”.

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