Colne Valley’s Tory MP missed an opportunity to stand up for the 1200 constituents affected by the much-criticised Bedroom Tax.
On Friday a private members’ bill was brought to the House of Commons that would see disabled people and those where there is nowhere smaller to move to exempted from the tax.
In the Colne Valley constituency 1,210 people are affected by the Bedroom Tax. Each has lost 14% of housing support if they have one spare room or 25% if they have two spare rooms. Of those affected by the Bedroom Tax in the UK only 6% of people have moved to a smaller home.
Jane East, Labour Party’s Colne Valley Parliamentary Candidate said:
“The Bedroom Tax has made hundreds of people in Colne Valley feel insecure in their homes and has put people into debt who have never been in debt before.
“This issue has been voted on six times since May 2010 when this Tory-led government came to power. Jason McCartney has had the opportunity to stand up for these 1200 constituents but time and time again has put party politics before the ethical issue that faces him. Even on Friday he chose to abstain rather than to do what was right.
“For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people through no fault of their own. I am pleased that today this bill passed through the first stage of parliament, and hope that the Bedroom Tax will soon be scrapped, as the Labour Party has pledged to do in 2015.”