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

  • According to judge of the upper tribunal Mr E Mitchell, on his own bless him ignoring the precedent set in the Nelson case and all the long standing statutory minimum standards (Not what parliment intended) decided that a room of 43 square feet is big enough to be classified as a bedroom, yet try letting a 'bedroom' out of that size and one would be breaking the law (minimum size for an adult 70 square foot). And all that is on top of it being just WRONG!!!
  • People are dying because of this and kids are being evicted and made homeless... Isn't that enough???
  • i have disabled son, mutiple health problems and requiring special diet,getting more in rent arrears due to bedroom tax of £38.18 per fornight


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