To: The Rt Hon Damian Green MP

Removal of the Bedroom Tax from the 2017 Conservative Manifesto

Removal of the Bedroom Tax from the 2017 Conservative Manifesto

The Bedroom Tax is a divisive policy that has been unsuccessful since it began in 2013. Therefore, we feel that it is time for this discriminatory policy to be abolished in favour of a fairer housing policy - one which is fairer on the poorest in society.

Why is this important?

Since the introduction of the Bedroom Tax, affected tenants have been forced to make a series of cutbacks in order to survive on a lower income. The Department for Work and Pensions estimated that 75% had to cut back on their expenditure on food, 46% reduced the amount they spent on heating and 33% spent less on travel. These are cutbacks that are not necessary - the harshness of the Bedroom Tax is the reason for such measures.

14-25% reduction in housing benefit is a large chunk of income to lose, especially when this money is essential to pay bills. Those losing housing benefit struggle to increase income levels after the tax; 50% of affected tenants wished to do this, by either finding employment or increasing their hours at their current employment, yet found difficulty in being able to do this.


Reasons for signing

  • The tories have admitted the bedroom tax has failed. Abolish it!
  • Don't want mum to be evicted she's ill
  • I am currently on the sick from work and have been since May 2017, l have no clue when or if I will be able to return. I am now currently having to look for a 1 bed because of this hideous and cruel tax. I feel like I am being penalized for being sick and living alone! This tax should be abolished as of yesterday!!!!

Updates

2017-11-14 21:15:14 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-09-07 14:21:48 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-10 01:00:15 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-05-17 08:44:28 +0100

10 signatures reached