Calls to oppose ‘bedroom tax’
9:48am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
BOLTON Council will be asked to back new measures aimed at opposing the “bedroom tax” tonight.
A motion tabled by Labour’s Nick Peel at this evening’s meeting of full council will call on all parties to call for the policy to be scrapped.
The underoccupancy charge — branded “bedroom tax” by opponents — deducts housing benefit from social housing tenants if they have a spare bedroom.
The Government said the policy will help reduce waiting lists for larger families.
The borough’s Labour group has already adopted a set of principles ironed out following a conference of Labour councils earlier this year.
They include trying to helping tenants avoid homelessness through debt management, and changing letting policies to help people who want to downsize. The group has also pledged to call on the Government to repeal the policy.
At the meeting at Bolton Town Hall, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrat groups will be asked to support the principles.
Cllr Peel said: “These are commitments that Labour councils have signed up to.”
Lib Dem leader Roger Hayes said his group was likely to back the motion.
Cllr Andy Morgan, Bolton Conservative group deputy leader, said: “There are some parts of the motion that we can support fully and others that we’ll be discussing further to see if we can cut through dogma.”
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