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The Bedroom Tax: “This is an Act Of Cruelty” says Liam Byrne Speaking in Hull

BedroomTaxHull bderoomtax2Senior Labour Cabinet Minister Liam Byrne today visited Hull to help launch Labour’s fightback against the Tories latest attack on working people.

The Bedroom Tax will see anyone living in the rented sector have their housing benefits slashed as the millionaire Cabinet seek to claw back money from the poorest and most vulnerable of our citizens to fund an on average £100,000 a year income tax rebate for the rich.

This is an act of cruelty”, Mr Byrne told the BBC as he visited a family in North Hull who are set to be hit by the tax. The male householder is severely disabled meaning the only way his partner can get a good night’s sleep is in the so called “spare room”.

4,700 people in Hull will be hit by this tax, with only 72 suitable homes for them to move in to. This tells you all you need to know about David Cameron”.

Former Tory MP Michael Brown twisted the knife into the Prime Minister, “He is simply sticking his fingers in his ears and saying “I will not listen to the concerns of the voters””

This Government is fast losing touch with the general public”, Mr. Brown told Look North’s Peter Levy.

Further criticism has come from the Tory run East Riding Council who have described the proposals as, “unworkable”.

Liam Byrne issued a statement via the Labour Party website.: While families of soldiers serving our country will have to find extra money for their son or daughter’s bedroom, 13,000 millionaires will get a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average.
Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone who is disabled. Foster families will be hit – even if they have foster children in their ‘spare room’. Divorced parents and grandparents will be charged more if they want to keep a spare room forwhen their children or grandchildren come to stay
To add to the chaos, the Department for Work and Pensions has admitted that there are not enough smaller properties for families to move to, yet the ‘bedroom tax’ will still hit households that don’t have the
 option to move. “

Join us in the fightback as we join with 35 events across the UK by coming along to the Rose Bowl at 1 pm outside the BBC Saturday 16th March. This will be a family orientated event so bring props and banners to make it an event that is safe and everyone can take part in.


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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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