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Results 1–20 of 972 for bedroom tax

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (11 Feb 2016)

...in our schools; social care investment; a living wage for social care workers; and household budgets. It is no surprise to me that the party that backed Iain Duncan Smith when he wanted to impose the bedroom tax does not care about increasing taxes on low-paid workers, but I do care about it, so we will continue to take a fair and balanced approach. That will be one of the many differences...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate of Income Tax: Resolution (11 Feb 2016)

John Swinney: ...any more terribly complicated than that. If I can, I will now get around to the historic moment. On this historic occasion, I am asking the Scottish Parliament to agree a Scottish rate of income tax of 10 pence. In short, Scottish taxpayers will see no increase in their income tax next year. That is the right decision that takes into account the challenges that are faced by members of the...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Beecham: ...the terminology here. It is not just rent arrears that will cause problems but a combination of the income in the house and what other expenditure there may be, including for example, the impact of the bedroom tax on households. The noble Baroness is absolutely right, however, that whatever components one looks at, it is necessary to have regard to the impact on the health and well-being...

Housing and Planning Bill: Committee (1st Day) (9 Feb 2016)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: ...all data, but in particular it can access rogue landlord data. This is part of my point: there is evidence of some practices in London where rogue landlords are housing 20 or so tenants in two-bedroom properties. That evidence could be married up with the various agencies not only to find those rogue landlords but to fine them as well, and recover the tax that is due to HMRC. I thought...

Opposition Day — EU Referendum: Timing: Housing: Long-term Plan (9 Feb 2016)

Alison Thewliss: ...the Liberal Democrat motion before us today, for the Liberal Democrats’ record on housing under the coalition Government was not great. They continually voted with the Tories in favour of the bedroom tax, and even voted against exempting social tenants who were carers or had disabilities. The SNP in Scotland has been working to mitigate this catastrophic policy and its effects on...

Parliamentary Sovereignty and EU Renegotiations (4 Feb 2016)

Pat Glass: ...the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay said that the electorate got very exercised about our sovereignty. Not in my experience: people in my constituency are concerned about jobs, youth unemployment, housing, the bedroom tax, tax avoidance by large companies and, yes, immigration, but the people I speak to never talk about the sovereignty of the EU, EU bureaucracy or Britain’s...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. She referred to the courts. Last week, the Court of Appeal found against the bedroom tax for discriminating against domestic violence victims. Does she agree that it beggars belief that the Government seem more intent on fighting that decision than protecting those victims and compensating them?

Public Finances: Scotland (3 Feb 2016)

Stewart Hosie: That question is important, and I will come on to the use of tax-raising powers. We often hear such an argument from members of the Labour party but let us be under no illusion, because it is wrong. The Scottish Government use their tax powers daily. A council tax freeze to protect families for eight years was the use of a tax-raising power. The small business bonus to protect 100,000...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] — Tax Avoidance and Multinational Companies (3 Feb 2016)

John Martin McDonnell: Let me press on as we are time-limited. It is no wonder that local small businesses and taxpayers in all our constituencies feel so strongly that the arrangement with Google is grotesquely unfair. They have not been allowed to ignore their tax demands for a decade, then negotiate a sweetheart deal at mates rates. It show who counts with this Government that, in the month when they let Google...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 1 (3 Feb 2016)

John Swinney: The investment that we are making in the Scottish welfare fund is £38 million, and there is £343 million for council tax reduction and £35 million to ensure that nobody pays the bedroom tax in Scotland. That is on top of the commitments to providing free school meals for our youngest citizens and free personal care for our most elderly citizens. The budget meets...

[Graham Stringer in the Chair] — Transitional State Pension Arrangements for Women (1 Feb 2016)

Ian Blackford: ...the behaviour of this Government in this attack on women born in the 1950s, and in so many other ways, with what our Government in Scotland do. Last week the Government in London were defeated in the courts over the bedroom tax. Was there any recognition that what they were doing was wrong? In Scotland, we have mitigated the effects of the bedroom tax and we want powers to remove it. One...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Under-occupancy Penalty (1 Feb 2016)

Karen Buck: London is by no means the region worst affected by the bedroom tax, but even so, just one in four people affected in my constituency have been able to downsize in the three years since the policy came in. The Government’s own research indicates that three-quarters of those hit by the bedroom tax have had to cut back on food, and 46% have had to cut back on heating. What steps will the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (1 Feb 2016)

Rupa Huq: Last week the bedroom tax was declared unlawful in the Court of Appeal because it discriminated against domestic violence victims and disabled children. However, the Government are set to spend more on appealing against the decision than they would spend on abiding by the ruling. Surely the Secretary of State agrees that that means poor value for the taxpayer, and that this despicable and...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — In-work Poverty (28 Jan 2016)

Gerald Jones: ...food on the table. That is clearly not acceptable. Years of below-inflation wage increases, particularly in the public sector, have taken their toll on people’s incomes. In-work benefits such as tax credits are meant to support families against the worst effects of in-work poverty. The current proposals to change universal credit will clearly make matters worse for millions of...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating that Answer from the other place. The Court of Appeal ruled against the Government on two bedroom tax cases: one from a victim of rape who had had a panic room installed by the police, and the other from the Rutherford family, who care for their severely disabled grandson. In both cases, the court ruled that the bedroom tax was illegal and...

Business of the House (28 Jan 2016)

Pete Wishart: ...is not the “bunch of migrants” or the swarms, or whatever the Prime Minister’s term will be next week; this is children in need of help, so let us have a full debate to see what we can do to assist them. The row about Google’s tax arrangements just is not going away and maybe a debate about that might help to clear some matters up. I am sure the Leader of the House...

Under-occupancy Penalty (28 Jan 2016)

Owen Smith: (Urgent Question): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Court of Appeal ruling that the bedroom tax has caused discrimination, contrary to article 14 of the European convention on human rights.

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day] — Housing Benefit and Supported Housing (27 Jan 2016)

Owen Smith: ...that they spent £50,000 in the courts just a few weeks ago defending the inclusion of carers under the aegis of that cap. This morning, we saw extraordinary events in the Court of Appeal as the Government found their bedroom tax ruled not only cruel, but unlawful, because it discriminates against disabled people—in particular my friend and fellow countryman, Paul Rutherford, his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jan 2016)

Jeremy Corbyn: We have had no answers on Google; we have had no answers for Jeff. Can I raise with the Prime Minister another unfair tax policy that affects many people in this country? This morning the Court of Appeal ruled that the bedroom tax is discriminatory, because of its impact— [ Interruption. ] I don’t know why Members opposite find this funny, because it isn’t for those who have...

[Mr David Crausby in the Chair] — Disabled People: Support (27 Jan 2016)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...Lords later today, but because of yesterday’s developments regarding carer’s allowance. Indeed, as we have been sitting here in the debate this morning, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the bedroom tax is discriminatory. These things all stack up. They show that the Government’s approach to support, including financial support, for disabled people is completely wrong.


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