Changes to controversial bedroom tax move step closer

Changes to controversial bedroom tax move step closer

Changes to controversial bedroom tax move step closer

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CHANGES to the controversial bedroom tax moved one step closer after Labour and Lib Dem MPs joined forces to defeat the Conservatives in Parliament today.

The Affordable Homes Bill, which would see disabled people who need a spare bedroom or have adapted homes exempt from bedroom tax, as well as people who cannot be found smaller homes, was backed by 306 votes to 231.

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The private members’ bill, introduced by Lib Dem MP Andrew George, will now be the focus of scrutiny at the committee stage.

Local government reporter Bill Jacobs writes: “On the face of it today’s vote is good news for many hard-pressed families and an embarrassment for the Tories.

“The Lib Dems will feel they have shown their independence and commitment to fairness despite the coalition.

“Now David Cameron faces a decision on ‘talking’ the bill out and looking callous, or accepting it with grace.

“A little egg on the political face might be worth it to remove the most obviously unfair aspects of the legislation so depriving Labour of the ‘bedroom tax’ stick in next year’s election campaign.”

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9:32pm Fri 5 Sep 14

shirtbox says...

This is the most unfair tax dreamt of by the tories along with universal benefits and the pensions reform ,since the poll tax.They do not deserve to be in government and neither do the lib/dems or labour as they obviously feel the same way.There days are numbered,
This is the most unfair tax dreamt of by the tories along with universal benefits and the pensions reform ,since the poll tax.They do not deserve to be in government and neither do the lib/dems or labour as they obviously feel the same way.There days are numbered, shirtbox
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11:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Mikeee47 says...

open your eyes, there's always a New tax, OR a tax increase to pay for upcoming war or conflict, how do you think the arms for Iraq, afgan etc are paid for??
open your eyes, there's always a New tax, OR a tax increase to pay for upcoming war or conflict, how do you think the arms for Iraq, afgan etc are paid for?? Mikeee47
  • Score: 6

1:23am Sat 6 Sep 14

zabby says...

We could slash taxes if we stopped foreign aid,stopped war mongering,and funding illegal immigrants and terrorist appeals.
..?how much have the stanstead plane hijackers cost us tax payers remember them
We could slash taxes if we stopped foreign aid,stopped war mongering,and funding illegal immigrants and terrorist appeals. ..?how much have the stanstead plane hijackers cost us tax payers remember them zabby
  • Score: 8

6:25pm Sun 7 Sep 14

zabby says...

The government are taxing people out of their homes to free up the big properties for the large ethnic families
The government are taxing people out of their homes to free up the big properties for the large ethnic families zabby
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Sun 7 Sep 14

2 for 5p onawing&aprayer says...

shirtbox wrote:
This is the most unfair tax dreamt of by the tories along with universal benefits and the pensions reform ,since the poll tax.They do not deserve to be in government and neither do the lib/dems or labour as they obviously feel the same way.There days are numbered,
Why don't you call it was it is.

"A SPARE ROOM SUBSIDY "
[quote][p][bold]shirtbox[/bold] wrote: This is the most unfair tax dreamt of by the tories along with universal benefits and the pensions reform ,since the poll tax.They do not deserve to be in government and neither do the lib/dems or labour as they obviously feel the same way.There days are numbered,[/p][/quote]Why don't you call it was it is. "A SPARE ROOM SUBSIDY " 2 for 5p onawing&aprayer
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