Steve Pound told MPs at the House of Commons on Tuesday 12th December: “There is a young man who lives in Earls Court who is in total renal failure. This man’s spare bedroom is a dialysis unit. He told them that his brother, faces losing his home as a result of the government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’.
Steve said: “He has been told he now has to pay the bedroom tax. He is very happy with the efforts of his MP, not of my political persuasion, to attempt to free him from the chains of the bedroom tax.”
He added: “But my brother faces losing his home of 20 years for being a kidney patient.”
Steve made this personal intercession during a Commons debate on the government’s so-called ‘bedroom tax’. The policy, which ministers prefer to call the ‘spare room subsidy’, is a key dividing line between the coalition and Labour.
Under the policy, introduced in April 2013, the amount of housing benefit a claimant is able to receive is reduced if they are seen to have more living space than they need. The government said the move was required not only to save money but also to free up much needed housing.
However, Labour has pledged to reverse the policy. The Opposition argues it unfairly targets disabled people who need extra space.
Tuesday’s Commons debate was scheduled by Labour. And Ed Miliband’s MPs have hit out at Iain Duncan Smith for missing the session. The work and pensions secretary decided to attend an unemployment conference in Paris instead.
So much for listening to what the public have to say.
And on the lighter side
Was our Local MP being arrested after late night binge at NGRA Party?
I suspect a Set-up here !!!