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Results 1–20 of 914 for bedroom tax

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Executive (Financial Position) (25 Nov 2015)

Deidre Brock: Once again, I commend the Secretary of State for her work over the past few months, ensuring with all the parties that Stormont continues. As she knows, the bedroom tax and various other sanctions will not be imposed in Northern Ireland, which, for historical reasons, has a higher welfare spend than elsewhere in the UK. This will place a heavier burden on Northern Ireland than elsewhere. What...

Fuel Poverty (24 Nov 2015)

Drew Hendry: ...unable to gain access to the grid, they have to rely on alternative energy sources, including heating oil, liquefied petroleum gas, electricity and solid fuels. The average cost of heating a three-bedroom house with heating oil is circa 50% higher than the UK average; those using LPG pay 100% more on average than those with mains gas. There is limited opportunity to switch to other...

Isil: Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill (23 Nov 2015)

Mark Durkan: ...tried in late 2011 to get a special committee set up in the Assembly precisely to do that on an all-party basis and to feed into the legislation as it was coming through this House. Among the issues that we said we wanted to address at that time was the bedroom tax. When the legislation was going through, the SDLP was the only party from Northern Ireland that spoke about the implications...

Business of the House: Northern Ireland Political Agreement (19 Nov 2015)

Deidre Brock: have stumbled during this. The additional funding in recognition of the particular problems in Northern Ireland, a legacy of the troubles, is welcome and the welfare provisions equally so. The bedroom tax will not be applied, nor will some sanctions. I wonder whether after today’s proceedings the Secretary of State might set out the differences between the two welfare systems, in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform: Legislative Consent Motion (18 Nov 2015)

Mervyn Storey: ...the Member that I will write to him on the issues that he raised. I better be very careful about how I say this, and I do not say it tongue in cheek, but I want to put to bed the issue of the bedroom tax. How many times do we have to say that the Executive have agreed that it will not be implemented in Northern Ireland? That is the reason why we have set aside money for it. As Members...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Second Reading (17 Nov 2015)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: ...apart from the fact that she supported the Bill. Priti Patel said that welfare spending was out of control; she said it was “unaffordable” and that we needed to make cuts which were “fair to taxpayers”. That is false. Tax credits did not rise from 1 billion to 30 billion, as was parroted down the other end, but they built on the almost 5 billion...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security in Scotland (Future Delivery) (12 Nov 2015)

Margaret Burgess: ...make claims, and payment of the housing costs element direct to social landlords, on which we have already given our commitment. It is important that we will also abolish, in effect, the hated and pernicious bedroom tax. As we heard this morning, and as we have seen in the newspapers, there are areas of Scotland where that tax has hit badly. This Government is proud of fully mitigating the...

Finance Bill: Second Reading (and remaining stages) (10 Nov 2015)

Lord Davies of Oldham: ...debate and the Minister will enjoy summing up these varied contributions. I hear what the noble Lord, Lord Howard of Rising, has just said, and what the noble Lord, Lord Flight, said earlier about tax inspectors. I cannot remember them raising the issue on how the bedroom tax would be enforced and whether people would in any shape or form suffer any derogation of liberty when...

Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2): Clause 11 — Scope to modify the Scotland Act 1998 (9 Nov 2015)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...confirming that that is the case. About 80,000 families in Scotland are going to lose entitlement altogether under the existing proposals. That is roughly the same number as were affected by the bedroom tax in Scotland. The Scottish Parliament may have the power to create a new benefit, but that seems an inordinately complex way to go about things. It is theoretically possible but, like...

Scotland Bill (Programme) (No.2): Part 2A — Permanence of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government (9 Nov 2015)

Ian Blackford: in power in Scotland over the last few years has sought to mitigate the cuts that have come from Westminster, with 100 million invested for the Scottish people to offset the impacts of the bedroom tax. We will fight to defend the interests of the Scottish people, as we always have done.

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (5 Nov 2015)

The First Minister: Let me set out the Scottish Government’s position. First, over the next three weeks, we intend to keep up the pressure on George Osborne to drop his plans for tax credit cuts. Unlike Labour, which, members should remember, initially abstained in the House of Commons on the issue, the SNP has consistently opposed the cuts. It is all too typical of Scottish Labour...

Scottish Parliament: Tax Credits (Assistance) (5 Nov 2015)

Nicola Sturgeon: As I said earlier, we intend to keep up pressure on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to drop his plans to cut tax credits. If he does not do so, we will bring forward credible and deliverable plans to assist low-income families. That is in line with the approach that we have already taken to mitigate welfare cuts, including the bedroom tax. This year alone, that approach is backed by more than...

Scottish Parliament: Supporting Scotland’s Children (4 Nov 2015)

Alex Neil: Unlike many people in the Labour Party, we will continue to fight against the Tory tax credits cuts and other unfair cuts in social security benefits. Unlike Labour, we will deliver for the people of the Scotland. I move amendment S4M-14688.3, to leave out from “and calls on” to end and insert: “welcomes the action that the Scottish Government has already taken to offset UK...

Scottish Parliament: Decision Time (4 Nov 2015)

...Presiding Officer: The result of the division is: For 62, Against 48, Abstentions 4. Motion, as amended, agreed to, That the Parliament believes that the UK Government’s proposed changes to tax credits would leave working families worse off; welcomes the action that the Scottish Government has already taken to offset UK Government welfare cuts, including mitigation of the so-called...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Impact of Rates on Small Businesses in South Belfast (3 Nov 2015)

Claire Hanna: ...go through the motions anyway. I apologise on behalf of my colleague Fearghal McKinney; he has had to travel to Ballymena. It is important that we, in the Assembly, get to grips with the form of taxation over which we already have control, namely domestic and non-domestic rates, which, between them, raise 117 billion annually. With the proposals that I am making, I...

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (3 Nov 2015)

Baroness Quin: ...within regions. In the north-east, in Newcastle for example, there has been no overcrowding problem—a problem that the Government said they wanted to address—but there is a huge shortage of one-bedroom flats, so that people cannot downsize but bear the full brunt of the bedroom tax. The Newcastle University study showed that many people had been forced into debt for the first...

Housing and Planning Bill (2 Nov 2015)

Anna Turley: ...of new housing as more than “bricks and mortar”. He talked about how the homes we build shape the lives and prosperity of the people who live in them. But why should my constituents give him any credit for such a statement when his Government persist with the wretched bedroom tax? [Interruption.] It is all very well for Members on the Government Benches to titter, but thousands...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Temporary Accommodation (2 Nov 2015)

Simon Danczuk: ...increase in the number of people requiring temporary accommodation. The figures show that it has nearly doubled over the last five years of this Government. The charity blames these results on the bedroom tax, benefit sanctions, and employment and support allowance claimants being wrongly declared fit for work. What will the Government do about the situation in Rochdale?

Hospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers) Bill (30 Oct 2015)

Barbara Keeley: ...are increasingly not exempting carers who are on this very low basic income of carer’s allowance—only 3,229 plus whatever extra benefits they might qualify for. They are not exempt from the bedroom tax because the Government have not made them so, they are not exempt from the benefit cap, and now they are not exempt from car parking charges. Some hospitals can do this:...

Backbench Business: Tax Credits (29 Oct 2015)

Ian Blackford: ...time. We have demonstrated that the Scottish Government have mitigated some of the worst effects of the welfare cuts over the last few years, with 100 million invested to offset the impact of the bedroom tax. We want to protect the people of Scotland, but we need the powers to be able to do so. That means we need full powers over our economy, over taxation and over social security....

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