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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2015-16 (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Jim Allister: ...in the rest of the United Kingdom? That is the point that I was making about the albatross that we are creating to put around our necks. I think there were sensible reforms to be made about the bedroom tax etc that had to be ameliorated, but what we now seem to have committed to and what I have issue with is a far more extensive and long-lasting commitment to keep topping up benefits at...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Employment in Wales (27 January 2015)

Owen Smith: ...the Labour party wins in May: a rise in the minimum wage, intervention in our markets to freeze consumer prices for people suffering under high energy bills and the backing of small business through a reduction in tax cuts to large corporations and an increase in benefit to smaller companies. Crucially, we will deal with zero-hours contracts and scrap the bedroom tax, which perniciously...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (26 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Yvonne Fovargue: In the Wigan borough, 3,386 people have had their housing benefit reduced due to the bedroom tax. Wigan & Leigh Housing estimates that it will take over seven years to re-house those who wish to downsize. Many of those affected have contacted me because, despite working, they are struggling to pay bills and feed their family. What is the Secretary of State’s estimate of the average...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 January 2015)

Lord Beecham: ...Government's claims about spending power—an artificial construct designed to conceal the reality of what is happening—are utterly misleading. The Government claim a reduction in spending power of 1.8%. But that includes council tax income and the NHS element of the better care fund, which in fairness is a good policy, but which represents money that is not the councils’...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Private Members’ Bills (22 January 2015)

William Bain: ...on private Members’ Bills, such as that of the hon. Member for St Ives (Andrew George), which would exempt thousands of disabled people from the terrible effects of the Government’s hated bedroom tax?

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 January 2015) See 3 other results from this debate

Ian Lavery: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that not one speaker from the Government parties has mentioned welfare reform, which is having an impact on homelessness? Not one of them has talked about the bedroom tax, sanctions or the other things that we have mentioned. We are entitled to disagree about whether this is a political issue, but the hon. Member for Truro and Falmouth (Sarah Newton)...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Welfare Reform: Social Housing (21 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

David Hanson: The 1,500 people in Flintshire who are impacted by the bedroom tax face no choice but to cut their incomes, which are already low, because there are no properties available. Will the Minister tell me how many two-bedroom and one-bedroom properties are available in Flintshire today?

Opposition Day — [13th Allotted Day]: Trident Renewal (20 January 2015)

Pete Wishart: ...of thing. I believe that it is increasingly the case that the British people could not care less about that. We are struggling—there is real need and deprivation—with Tory obscenities like the bedroom tax. Does he honestly believe that people in the constituency of the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Jim Sheridan) care whether they can sit around the table with...

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 January 2015)

Diana Johnson: ...report, but I think it should be considered by the Government. Just today I received a message from someone who said that the money they get from one of the trusts is now being spent on paying the bedroom tax—I am sure the Minister does not think that that is what trust money should be used for. Once the Penrose inquiry is published, we hope there will be no further delays, or that...

Women and Equalities: Under-occupancy Penalty: Disabled People (15 January 2015)

Nicholas Dakin: The hon. Gentleman is a good Minister, but he will know that that is a nonsense answer. According to the Government’s own interim evaluation report, disabled people in adapted homes hit by the bedroom tax are not being awarded discretionary housing payments, because their disability benefits are causing them to fail the test. The Minister needs to look at this a bit more carefully.

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Energy Prices (14 January 2015)

John Robertson: ...few months we will hear a great deal about the cost of living crisis from colleagues in all parts of the House, and it is right that we talk about stagnating wages, our national health service and the bedroom tax; but it is also right to talk about making the energy market work for ordinary people and addressing the scourge of fuel poverty. When we think of fuel poverty, we often think of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Charter for Budget Responsibility (13 January 2015)

Barry Gardiner: The Chancellor said that he was not going to balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Yet since 2010 there have been 24 tax rises that have meant that ordinary families are paying 450 a year more in VAT. Households will be 974 a year worse off by the time of the next general election because of tax and benefit changes alone since 2010. The Chancellor cut the 50p rate to 45p,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Clause 1 — Change in method of calculating tax on residential property transactions (12 January 2015)

John Redwood: Are there not two obvious ways in which certain groups of people in the higher value properties decide not to pay this tax? The first is people who are in a two to three-bedroom flat or a small house in a very expensive part of the UK, normally London, may decide that they do not want to swap properties or downsize or upsize because it is too expensive. The other is that the very rich people...

Village Life — Question (12 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the Minister has acknowledged the lack of affordable homes in rural areas. In particular, is there not a lack of smaller homes? In these circumstances, does not the bedroom tax have an especially pernicious effect on rural areas, and is not the only solution to get rid of this wretched tax?

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Social Development: Welfare Reform Bill (12 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Dolores Kelly: ...website, which is true, but we need to distil the very complex regulations into key core messages. I have been asked about that on the street. Will you state categorically that there will be no bedroom tax in Northern Ireland? Will you give some further insight as to whether there will be a cap on benefit paid?

Stormont House Agreement — Statement (7 January 2015)

Lord McAvoy: ...the agreement itself, Her Majesty’s Opposition welcome the adoption of a viable budget for the next financial year. It is right that this includes some elements of welfare reform while excluding the pernicious bedroom tax, which an incoming Labour Government will scrap. However concerns remain about the Government’s rush to introduce legislation on corporation tax devolution, a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Stormont House Agreement (7 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Ivan Lewis: .... Turning to the agreement itself, we welcome the adoption of a viable budget for the next financial year. It is right that it includes some elements of welfare reform while excluding the pernicious bedroom tax, which an incoming Labour Government will scrap. However, we remain concerned by the Government’s rush to introduce legislation on corporation tax devolution, a decision that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (6 January 2015)

Harriet Harman: Yesterday the Deputy Prime Minister said that it was the Liberal Democrats who put the heart into this Tory-led Government. Can he tell us where is the heart in the bedroom tax, where is the heart in making low-income people worse off, and where is the heart in giving tax cuts to millionaires while more people go to food banks? If there is a heart in this Government, it is a heart of stone.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing (5 January 2015)

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) number and (b) proportion of households affected by the bedroom tax have fallen into rent arrears since the introduction of the bedroom tax.

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Food Banks (17 December 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Stephen Doughty: ...such as food banks can put rocks back into the pit to try to fill it back up. Ultimately, however, they cannot stop the digger digging it out. The digger in this case are the Government, with policies such as the bedroom tax and punitive sanctions, and policies that fail to deal with energy prices and the cost of living. That is the digger and that is what we have to switch off. The...

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