Bedroom tax defeat ‘moves a step closer’ says Barnsley MP

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Michael Dugher, Dewsbury Town Centre, Dewsbury, England - 091113 - Michael Dugher.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Michael Dugher, Dewsbury Town Centre, Dewsbury, England - 091113 - Michael Dugher.
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A South Yorkshire MP claims the defeat of the so-called bedroom tax has ‘moved a step closer’ after voting against it in a Parliamentary debate.

The extra charge for those living in a council property with a spare bedroom costs low-income families an average of £700 per year, according to the Labour Party.

Barnsley East MP Michael Duger voted for the Affordable Homes Bill, which Labour says it would ‘amend and strengthen’ to ‘abolish the bedroom tax’, and it was passed by 306 votes to 231.

Mr Dugher said: “Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our community. Today was the first step towards abolishing it all together.

“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing thousands to rely on food banks, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it.

“The Labour Party will continue to do whatever it can to fight this unjust and unworkable policy.”