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Poverty and Social Exclusion — Question (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, the long-awaited interim report on the bedroom tax emerged this week. It slipped out at the height of the reshuffle without so much as a ministerial Statement, and it confirms what we knew—that only 4.5% of claimants have downsized, arrears have gone up, half of claimants have cut back on essentials such as food, and a quarter have gone into debt to avoid losing their home. I...

Business of the House (17 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Angela Eagle: ...of the House tell us why they are wasting time with this PR exercise? This morning, we discovered that the Liberal Democrats had made their most shameless U-turn since their last one: this time it is the bedroom tax. We told them it would create misery and save no money, but their votes got it on to the statute book, and their votes defended it time and again. Given that there is now no...

Finance Bill — Second Reading (16 July 2014)

Lord Davies of Oldham: ...to our deliberations, even when he has retired from the chairmanship. The noble Lord, Lord Wakeham, also introduced an interesting dimension to the debate. I identified three quite significant taxes which he wanted the Revenue to wipe out in terms of receipts. We are often accused on this side of the House of spending money too easily—quite wrongly, of course—but the noble Lord...

Welfare Reform (Cumbria) (16 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jamie Reed: Bedroom tax.

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Housing Supply (9 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Andy Sawford: .... Member for St Ives (Andrew George) spoke of his private Member’s Bill on social housing. I know that the shadow Minister will talk constructively with him about that Bill. He talked a great deal of sense about the bedroom tax, which he opposed, and he highlighted its consequences. Of course, his party is accountable for that policy, and we have used Opposition days to give it many...

Rural Economy — Motion to Take Note (3 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: ...paid work”. What are the Government doing to identify land in rural areas which can be used specifically for affordable homes? As the noble Lord, Lord Cameron, said, rural housing associations have been hit very hard by the bedroom tax. Lack of smaller homes means that even when people are willing and able to move they cannot be rehoused, so they are now in arrears and struggling...

Bills Presented — Affordable Homes Bill: Schedule 33 — Companies owned by employee-ownership trusts (2 July 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Mark Field: If the hon. Lady will excuse me, I will make some progress, as there are other Members who want to speak. We are now looking at drawing tax avoidance measures so widely. It has been common practice for investors to err on the side of caution and sign up, as the Minister knows, to the HMRC’s own disclosure of tax avoidance schemes—DOTAS—register. Currently, if the UK tax...

Finance Bill: New Clause 11 — Capital gains tax and employee shareholders (1 July 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention as it takes me neatly to my next point, which is the issue of tax avoidance. Several people share our concern that the employee rights scheme is potentially vulnerable to significant abuse. I raised that concern during consideration of last year’s Finance Bill, when we tabled an amendment calling on the Government to review the impact of this...

Finance Bill: New Clause 7 — SDLT: exercise of collective rights by tenants of flats (1 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Cathy Jamieson: As I said earlier, one thing that the Government could do and have consistently refused to do would help thousands of people throughout the country: they could abolish the hated bedroom tax. They could also accept our proposal for a tax on bankers’ bonuses, and adopt our properly designed programme to get young people back into work and give them the start that they want. Until we get...

Finance Bill: New Clause 14 — Report on the additional rate of income tax (1 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Chi Onwurah: ...to do. The new clause would make the impact of the Government’s policies absolutely clear. I know what the impact of their policies is from my Newcastle surgeries. One constituent who is on a low income uses his so-called second bedroom to store his wheelchair and oxygen bottles. The result is rent arrears and constant anxiety. The threat of eviction hangs over his head. He is only...

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: DWP: Performance (30 June 2014) See 7 other results from this debate

Kate Green: ...It is why we introduced the future jobs fund which, far from being a failure, was extremely good at getting young people into work and keeping them in work when the programme came to an end. We introduced tax credits that made work pay. Making work pay is not an invention of this Government; it was done under Labour first. PIP is another tale of disaster—it was not piloted, there...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing (Rent Arrears) (30 June 2014)

Alex Cunningham: Across Stockton borough, arrears for Tristar Homes are up by 25%, to nearly 1.2 million, on the year prior to the introduction of the bedroom tax, and they would be up by 60% if both Tristar Homes and the local authority were not helping with some discretionary aid. Several hundred people, many of them disabled, are in arrears for the first time in their lives, causing unseen misery and...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill 2014:  Final Stage (30 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Simon Hamilton: ...that could be negotiated were negotiated, and he has been exceptionally successful in doing that. We have a package of measures that, while not ameliorating all of the worst of welfare reform, certainly goes some way to doing that and reaching that objective, to the extent that the bedroom tax will not affect people in Northern Ireland in the way that it affects people in Great...

Scottish Parliament: Budget Outturn 2013-14 (26 June 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jenny Marra: The cabinet secretary told us that he has budgeted for mitigation of the bedroom tax. We knew that and we welcomed it. However, he promised that he would have a system in place by 1 April to make sure that no one in Scotland would have to pay the bedroom tax, irrespective of the position of the Department for Work and Pensions. It is nearly July now and no such system is in place. He might...

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 June 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lyn Brown: ...average for England. Labour-led Newham council understood that the unprecedented growth in the largely unregulated private rented sector and increasingly poor housing conditions—not to mention income tax and council tax evasion—meant that something needed to be done. The council listened to the community it serves and showed real leadership by implementing a licensing scheme to...

Personal Independence Payment — Question (24 June 2014)

Baroness Sherlock: ...fact that, as well as this shambles of the WCA and the 42-year backlog, employment and support allowance has been delayed and proved not to be succeeding; the Work Programme has a 94% failure rate; the bedroom tax is not meeting its objectives; and at current speeds, universal credit will take 1,052 years to roll out. Is the Minister proud of these achievements?

Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (24 June 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Quin: ...his colleagues will be meeting some of the many people who have indicated their willingness to downsize but for whom there is no alternative accommodation and nevertheless end up having to pay a bedroom tax that they cannot afford?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (23 June 2014)

Emma Lewell-Buck: My local citizens advice bureau has been contacted by a young single woman who has been hit by the bedroom tax. After paying her rent and utility bills, she has just 84p a day left to spend on food and toiletries. With eight households for each available one-bedroom property in my area, moving is simply not an option. How can the Secretary of State continue to try to justify a policy that...

Business of the House (19 June 2014)

Diana Johnson: Last week, BBC Radio Humberside and the Hull Daily Mailwere reporting a scam alleging that the bedroom tax had been abolished and asking for people’s personal information so that refunds of their payments could be made. May we have a debate to make it clear that this bedroom tax policy was supported by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives and that it will be abolished only with...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (18 June 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

George Adam: ...the carers allowance at the same rate as jobseekers allowance for those aged 25 or over. Another recommendation was that we re-establish the link between benefits and the cost of living, so that benefits and tax credits are increased each year in line with the consumer prices index. Most important, we need to ensure that we have the powers to abolish the bedroom tax instead of just...

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