Thursday, 14 November 2013

Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman and his Liberal Democrat counterpart in Berwick Sir Alan Beith both voted to support the retention of the controversial coalition policy of the ‘bedroom tax’ after Labour forced a Commons vote to scrap the tax.

Tory and Lib Dem MP’s unite to scupper Labour bedroom tax axe
Hexham and Berwick MP’s back controversial ‘bedroom tax’ in Commons vote as figures reveal the ‘hidden cost for low wage families’.

Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman and his Liberal Democrat counterpart in Berwick Sir Alan Beith both voted to support the retention of the controversial coalition policy of the ‘bedroom tax’ after Labour forced a Commons vote to scrap the tax.

An estimated 5,225 families are affected across Northumberland by the government scheme which imposes a charge for bedrooms that are ‘under-occupied’ and Labour are pointing to Conservative MP Guy Opperman in particular, as they’re revealing a ‘hidden’ cost in the ‘bedroom tax’ where 64% of the families affected are in receipt of ‘in work benefits’ but qualify for housing benefit because of low wages.

They’re saying that his vote to keep the ‘bedroom tax’ shows that he’s ‘out of touch’ with the concerns of hard working families across Northumberland. Mr Opperman has courted publicity over his support for the ‘living wage’ but opponents say that he’s got to answer the question ‘why vote to keep a tax which is penalising 64% of families affected by the double whammy of low wages and housing benefit reductions?

A Labour group spokesperson said
‘Coalition MP’s in Northumberland have shown that they want to continue to prop up a ‘raid on the incomes of some of the county’s most vulnerable people’ through the continued imposition of the ‘bedroom tax’. At a time when ordinary families are suffering from David Cameron’s ‘cost of living crisis’, Sir Alan and Mr Opperman dutifully trouped through the lobby to support a ‘tax which is hitting the working poor hardest’. This makes a mockery of claims by the Tories and Lib Dems in Northumberland that they understand the concerns of people struggling to make ends meet’.

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