Results 1–20 of 1030 for bedroom tax

Debate on the Address: The Economy and Work (26 May 2016)

Alison Thewliss: The sugar tax is an interesting proposal, but the Government have left some careless loopholes in their plans. I am not sure whether you often drink milkshakes, Madam Deputy Speaker, but they are not particularly healthy drinks. One brand has 19.2 grams of sugar in a 200 ml bottle, which exceeds the recommended daily allowance for four to six-year-old children. A milk drink linked to a...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2016)

Willie Coffey: .... A country’s social security system is meant to protect people from further disadvantage and poverty, not to set out to make it worse and to add punishment and further injury to people’s self-esteem. I am delighted that the Scottish Government will abolish the bedroom tax, which is surely the most disgraceful of public policies to have been introduced by the UK Government in...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Neil Gray: ...fees altogether”. Oh, what a damascene conversion we have seen! He now wants fees to rise even further. Following the elections in Scotland it is now clear that the Government’s Tory colleagues up the road are following suit, as they are all about backdoor taxes for students as well. Government Members and their colleagues in Scotland who benefited from free tuition now wish to...

Scottish Parliament: First Minister’s Statement: Taking Scotland Forward (25 May 2016)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...new responsibilities over social security. We will introduce a social security bill in the first year of this session and we will start work to establish a new Scottish social security agency. We will use our new powers to put dignity and respect back at the heart of our social security system. We will abolish the bedroom tax; we will make changes to how universal credit can be paid; we...

Defending Public Services (23 May 2016)

Jeff Smith: ...better off, which would pay for a lot of public services. We have not had our fair share. We have been hit, as have so many deprived northern boroughs, very unfairly. Not only that, but my constituents have suffered from the bedroom tax, from unfair sanctions and from cuts to the benefits that help them to get by in life. For many people in south Manchester, it will be hard to accept the...

Debate on the Address: Transport and Local Infrastructure (19 May 2016)

John Healey: ...we look to the actions for proof that the Government mean what they say and do as they say. As my hon. Friend said, when we look at the scrapping of the education maintenance allowance, the introduction of the bedroom tax, and the cutting of benefit support to disabled people and to people working hard on low incomes, all the signs from the past six years point in the opposite direction....

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (18 May 2016)

Patrick Grady: ...the biggest electoral mandate of any Government in western Europe. The SNP manifesto proposed to protect the poorest and most vulnerable, to protect benefits for the elderly, such as free transport and personal care, and to abolish the pernicious bedroom tax in Scotland. It also proposed the progressive reform of council tax to increase resources for councils while minimising the impact on...

Housing in Newcastle — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (10 May 2016)

Chi Onwurah: ...with this Government’s record of cutting investment and of building just one new social home for every eight sold off through right to buy—a Government whose use of the term “affordable rent” is not recognisable to most people; who thought up the unfair bedroom tax, which has affected half a million households; and who have overseen a 22% rise in private rents in...

Backbench Business - Universal Credit (Children)Backbench Business (10 May 2016)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...another mother talking about realising that she would have to become a full-time stay-at-home parent after her second child was born with quite significant physical disabilities. She and her husband had recently bought a three-bedroom house to accommodate an expanding family, but they had to sell up and downsize, because that was all that they could afford on one income. At the very moment...

Housing and Planning Bill: What is a starter home? (3 May 2016)

Karen Buck: ...pointed out that a starter home capped at 450,000 in inner London, where the average open market property is going for 2 million, lavishes a gain on a particular small cohort of first-time buyers. Westminster Council states that “the potential tax-free capital gain, after eight years of occupation…is very considerable (depending on the number of bedrooms) and wholly...

Backbench Business: Social Security (Equality) (26 Apr 2016)

Debbie Abrahams: ...received support from Access to Work, out of the 1.3 million disabled people who are fit and able to work. Much, much more needs to be done. It does not stop there. Other cuts have included the bedroom tax, cuts to supported housing through the local housing allowance and the 1% cut in housing benefit—there has only been a reprieve for the next 12 months. I could also mention other...

Record Copies of Acts (20 Apr 2016)

Paul Flynn: ...163;100,000, and the 37 million that his Department gave to Kids Company, and imagine what they could do with it? The Government have been so mean on the employment and support allowance and on the bedroom tax, but are saving the vellum.

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Beecham: I congratulate my worthy successor as chairman of the Local Government Association on disabusing his colleague of the notion I referred to—that the taxpayer is funding council housing and subsidising people who should not be subsidised. It is simply not true, and I am very glad that the noble Lord, Lord Porter, made that point. I and all on our Benches support the amendments in the...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (3rd Day) (18 Apr 2016)

Lord Beecham: .... The noble Lord, Lord Best, having referred to Zoopla, I should declare an interest on top of my local authority interests. Recently Zoopla gave an evaluation, not sought by me, for my four-bedroom semi-detached in Newcastle of 5.96 million. On my pointing out that this was somewhat excessive—despite the house having been built by the father of the noble and learned Lord, Lord...

Housing and Planning Bill - Report (2nd Day) (13 Apr 2016)

Lord Best: ...to another property—for example, for an elderly person to downsize from a family house to a bungalow or sheltered housing flat, making way for a young family; or for a widow to downsize to escape having to pay the dreadful bedroom tax, because she is deemed to have a spare room at present; or for a family to move out of overcrowded premises to somewhere bigger. But since these moves...

Tax Avoidance and Evasion (13 Apr 2016)

David Anderson: First, let me reply to a few points that have been raised today. I agree that it was utterly wrong that a cleaner was paying more tax than a hedge fund manager—it stank. But thank God that cleaner was getting the national minimum wage, which was resisted by the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats: 3.60 instead of 1.90—that is the truth. I welcome the fact that...

Backbench Business: Supported Housing (12 Apr 2016)

Alan Brown: ...housing benefit rates without thinking about the impact on supported accommodation. The measure is expected to save only half a billion pounds over this parliamentary term. When compared with the 8.5 billion cut in corporation tax and the 5.5 billion of capital gains and inheritance tax giveaways in the Budget, that half a billion pounds is a drop in the ocean. The Government...

Uk Steel Industry (12 Apr 2016)

Anna Turley: ...coke ovens, in which millions of pounds had been invested—expensive national assets belonging to the British steel industry now laid to waste. We can add to that a loss to the Exchequer of the tax intake from those 3,000 workers; the 50 million—and it is 50 million, not 80 million—paid for retraining; and the further 30 million for redundancies and...


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