Bolton Labour group backs pledge to axe 'bedroom tax'
BOLTON Labour group has welcomed an announcement from party leader Ed Miliband stating that a Labour government will scrap the bedroom tax.
Speaking at the start of the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Mr Miliband pledged to scrap what he called the “vicious” spare room subsidy tax. Under the government’s welfare reform, social tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need have had their housing benefit reduced.
And in August, campaigners organised a mass sleep out in the centre of Bolton to raise awareness of those affected by the issue.
Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for the Environment, has brought three motions before Bolton Council calling for the government to scrap the tax.
Speaking after Mr Miliband’s comments, he said: “This is a welcome announcement. Labour in Bolton has committed itself to working with tenants and residents groups in fighting this grossly unfair measure.
“In addition, we have been working closely with Bolton at Home in order to try to mitigate against the most damaging impact of the tax but we have always made it absolutely clear that the only long-term solution to the bedroom tax is abolition, and the only way that this could happen is with the election of a Labour government.
“Ed’s announcement will at last give some glimmer of hope to all those people out there who have fallen victim to the tax.”
And it is not just Bolton’s Labour group who have spoken out against the policy.
At the last full council meeting Bolton’s Tory group backed a motion tabled by Cllr Peel to repeal the bedroom tax.
He added: “We were pleased to recently see some Bolton Conservative councillors supporting us in our calls for abolition and I now call upon them to lobby their own party to call for this damaging tax to be scrapped immediately.”
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