Financial Inclusion/Family Budgets

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st March 2014.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 2:30 pm, 31st March 2014

Last week the BBC reported that just 6% of households affected by the bedroom tax had managed to move. Also last week, a report from Real Life Reform showed that nearly eight out of 10 tenants hit by the bedroom tax were in debt, with borrowing increasing by an average of £52 each week and families increasingly relying on loan sharks. Rather than preaching about careful budgeting, why do Ministers not just scrap this hated and unworkable tax, which is sending people spiralling into debt?