Results 1–20 of 1218 for bedroom tax

Business Rates — [James Gray in the Chair] (13 Jun 2018)

Derek Thomas: ...and who want to work at the hospital or in public services perhaps, but who just cannot secure the housing they need. Everyone who lives in a house, unless they are on some sort of benefit, pays council tax, but if someone has a property that they own and which they choose to use as a holiday let, it can be registered as a business and they can avoid paying council tax altogether and then...

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance Supplement (31 May 2018)

Jeane Freeman: ...This is the third time since March that that has happened with the DWP. First, we had its summary announcement of a one-year delay in the agreement to provide us with the delivery mechanism to abolish the bedroom tax at source. Next, we had the four-month delay in providing us with the necessary computer code to deliver on the case management system, and now this. The Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Employment Gap (22 May 2018)

Mark Griffin: ...risk. That is just the latest act of a UK Government that the UN has said is systematically violating the rights of disabled people to lead the lives that they want. Ending Remploy, removing disability premiums, making cuts to ESA, proposing the bedroom tax and portraying disabled people as scroungers and fraudsters have given the UK that shameful title. However, with the new, fairer...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Social Security System (16 May 2018)

Jeane Freeman: ...software code from the DWP. That was received four months after the date that we agreed with the DWP and it agreed with us. There was also a delay of a year in implementing our commitment to mitigate the bedroom tax from the date that we agreed with the DWP. Officials on both sides are doing their very best, but I need the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to give me an assurance...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Anneliese Dodds: ...for landlord registration. The council is establishing a new local housing company and is investing to ensure that our council homes are of a decent standard, and we have retained full council tax relief for low-income families, despite Government cuts. Even with that local effort, rents and purchase prices are massively out of reach for many. The lack of affordable rental properties, as...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (15 May 2018)

Pete Wishart: ...this important Bill and make sure that we understand and debate it properly during this Legislative Grand Committee. The Bill will give local authorities in England the discretion to charge a council tax premium of up to 100% on long-term empty dwellings. That is why it is so important to consider this important Bill, and we need to use the opportunity of this Legislative Grand Committee...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (15 May 2018)

Christina McKelvie: ...and do what we are told. It sounds a bit dystopian, but I never thought that it would become normal to tell someone with a terminal brain tumour that they were fit for work. I did not think, either, that a family that used a small front bedroom to keep dialysis equipment for its young son would ever be told to pay a bedroom tax. It is dystopian—and I do not trust the Conservatives...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: Duty to review cooperation between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (8 May 2018)

Melanie Onn: ...not intend to push new clause 1 or amendments 1 and 3 to a vote. We have made our points as fully as we can—sadly, to no avail—but I do not want to cause any unnecessary delay to the Bill. On the bedroom tax, however, the Minister’s response was not wholly sufficient to ease the Opportunity’s concern about the potential for a damaging loophole to be created, which...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (25 Apr 2018)

Jeane Freeman: ...the effects of abandoned DWP policies. The amendments cover the U-turn on 18 to 21-year-olds and also future proof the bill for the day—if it ever comes—that a UK Government drops either its bedroom tax policy or its benefit cap policy, or both. To be clear, the amendments remove the duty on the Scottish Government to provide housing assistance to mitigate those DWP policies...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill (25 Apr 2018)

Mark Griffin: ...have put such powers on to the statute books, it will be for the people who experience the system to decide whether we have put them to good use. Given recent news stories about delays to the abolition of the bedroom tax, ministers asking for an extra year and the DWP readying itself to step in, it is quite clear that this is very much the beginning of a process that will be full of...

Windrush: Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill (23 Apr 2018)

Jim McMahon: ...will save other Members the headache of hearing some of them today. The Opposition broadly welcome both of the changes in the Bill. Clause 1 seeks to address the Supreme Court’s decision on the staircase tax, relating to how unconnected units occupied by the same business are treated. The measure will put businesses in no worse position than they would have been before the court...

UK Digital and Tech Industries — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (18 Apr 2018)

Deidre Brock: ...too much of their lives online. Why would they? They are young, and I suppose they can get old and cynical in their own time. The public alarm often raised about how our youngsters interact with IT is that too often they are closeted in their bedrooms playing games on the computer. Adults previously worried about TV, rock music, radio—in my father’s case, his father worried...

Scottish Parliament: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018 to 2022 (29 Mar 2018)

Angela Constance: ...learning and childcare and affordable housing reflect our determination to tackle poverty, as does the £100 million annual investment to offset the damage of UK welfare cuts, including the full mitigation of the bedroom tax. Our challenge is not just to mitigate UK Government cuts, but to lift people out of poverty. Before discussing the detail of the plan, I thank all those who have...

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

Drew Hendry: ...are committed to mitigating Tory austerity wherever they can. Since 2013, the Scottish Government have spent more than £100 million a year to protect people from the worst aspects of Tory welfare cuts. We are fully mitigating the bedroom tax in Scotland, and we have pledged to abolish the tax completely when we have the powers to do so.

Public Bill Committee: Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords]: Duty to grant old-style secure tenancies: victims of domestic abuse (27 Mar 2018)

Melanie Onn: ...(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3040).” This amendment will probably not find favour with the Minister as it relates to under-occupancy and the charges applied during the last three years, or even longer, that the bedroom tax has been in place. We know that that has caused significant difficulties for people not in a domestic violence situation. The purpose behind this...

Domestic Abuse - Question for Short Debate (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...’s Aid are: the reduced benefit cap—which is undermining the exemption of refuges from the original cap because the exemption applies only to the housing benefit element—and the barriers it can create to women moving on to new accommodation; the need for a transitional period of exemption from the bedroom tax for women in a refuge or temporary accommodation, to ensure...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Neil Gray: ...on that pernicious policy. We know that in Scotland things could have been much worse had it not been for the Scottish Government’s intervention and early action. We have already stopped anyone paying the bedroom tax, and we have ensured the continuation of council tax benefit, which has been stopped by the UK Government in England. The Social Security (Scotland) Bill has just...

Vauxhall Factory, Ellesmere Port: Scottish Welfare Powers (20 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes a really important point, but I am so short of time. In Scotland, some 50,000 households with three or more children are in receipt of tax credits. From April 2017, families no longer received support through child tax credits or universal credit for any third or subsequent child born on or after that date. That also applies to new UC claims. On top of that, the abolition...

Local Authority Financial Sustainability: NAO Report — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Mar 2018)

Dan Carden: ...;11 million to tackle homelessness, which has more than doubled under this Government; £3.3 million for discretionary housing payments for those affected by botched welfare reform and hardship—70% of which are because of the bedroom tax alone—and £3.1 million for crisis payments to help with the cost of food, fuel, clothing and furniture. I could go on. It is right...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Jonathan Edwards: ...considering how cheap it is for the British Government to borrow on the bond markets—because of the ultra-loose monetary policy pursued since 2008—why do they not invest directly? It would be far cheaper for us as taxpayers to do that than for the cost to be loaded on to consumers via their energy prices. I therefore have little sympathy with the British Government’s...


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