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Labour's Caitlin welcomes pledge to repeal the Bedroom Tax

Speaking from the Labour Party conference in Brighton, High Peak's Caitlin Bisknell said: "I am delighted that the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has announced that one of the first acts of a Labour government in 2015 will be to repeal the Bedroom Tax.

"This tax has attracted almost universal condemnation because of its cruel impact on families. It is a tax that hardly anyone - outside of the Tory / LibDem Coalition government - thinks it is either fair or equitable.  

"Across High Peak there are around 300 families in council owned homes alone who must now move out into a into a smaller property or face a rent increase of at least 14%. Half of these families are already falling behind in paying their rent.  

"Even if these families wanted to move, the council does not have any suitable properties for them to move into - and has a waiting list longer than the number of homes it actually owns!   And it is the same situation for families living in housing association properties." 

Caitlin explained that a Labour government would reverse the bedroom tax without any additional borrowing by using funds earmarked from: 

•      reversing George Osborne’s recent tax cut for hedge funds announced in Budget 2013; 

•      reversing George Osborne’s shares for rights scheme which has been rejected by businesses, has opened up a tax loophole, and will lead to £1bn being lost to the Exchequer according to the Office for Budget Responsibility; and 

•      tackling disguised employment in the construction industry.

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