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Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...because the universal credit online system cannot validate the notepaper used for receipts might wonder how serious the Government are about supporting families and children. Parents with two children claiming tax credits, or the equivalent in universal credit, who find that a new baby is on the way and who will not qualify, will similarly be surprised at the Government’s claims, as...

Scottish Parliament: Support for Mortgage Interest Scheme (8 Feb 2018)

Mark Griffin: Like the bedroom tax, this is another Tory policy that will hit those on low incomes, put at risk their homes and drive those already out of work further into debt. Right now, 11,000 Scots who rely on the current scheme have little more than two months to decide whether to take out what would effectively be a second mortgage at the behest of Serco and the Department for Work and Pensions. The...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Drew Hendry: ...’s lives with the best start grant. We are providing free childcare—up to 45%. We are providing free school meals for primary 1 to 3 and expanding all early years. We are mitigating the Tory bedroom tax and maintaining council tax benefit. And we have the Scottish welfare fund.

Scottish Parliament: Carers Allowance (Uprating) (31 Jan 2018)

Jeane Freeman: ...’s exercise of power over devolved benefits, that individual should not subsequently be penalised or lose the increase through their interaction with UK matters, be they to do with benefits or tax. Our officials are in constant discussion with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that. I am sure that Mark Griffin will recall that we previously talked about the abolition of...

Backbench Business: Marriage in Government Policy — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: ...consider the situation for disabled children, we see that four in 10 are living in poverty, yet the basic level of support for disabled children in universal credit is less than half that available in tax credits. We have had some interesting contributions; it has been good to hear people talk about how much they have enjoyed their own marriages. I welcome the call from the hon. Member...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] - Committee (24 Jan 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: My Lords, this simple amendment tackles the issue of what happens when someone becomes liable for the underoccupancy deduction, colloquially known as the bedroom tax, either as a result of the perpetrator having been removed from the household or the victim being allocated a new property which has technically too many bedrooms and qualifies for the underoccupancy deduction. The bedroom tax...

Personal Independence Payment (23 Jan 2018)

Peter Grant: ...in the courts. We have previously seen the courts ruling against the Government on the imposition of benefits sanctions, where the Government were acting unlawfully, and before that on the iniquitous bedroom tax. That one is particularly poignant for my constituents just now because the man who stood up to the DWP over the bedroom tax and won, Davie Nelson, a Glenrothes man through and...

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Rough Sleeping (22 Jan 2018)

Jenny Chapman: The number of rough sleepers in Darlington has doubled since 2010. Is that caused by: (a), a reduction in council budgets; (b), more than £5 million of cuts to housing benefit; (c), the bedroom tax; (d), the lack of affordable housing; (e), universal credit—I could go to (z), Mr Speaker—or the Minister’s failure to tackle soaring rents in the private sector?

Food Poverty: Merseyside — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Twigg: ...that is not going to change. There is a fear that, as universal credit is fully extended across Merseyside, our communities will face greater levels of debt and greater usage of food banks. The bedroom tax, an issue to which I referred briefly but which featured less in this debate than it often does, has undoubtedly contributed to insecurity and debt for many of the communities that we...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Burt of Solihull: ...a number of changes that it would like to see. One, which I hope would not be too much of a stretch for the Government to implement, concerns the underoccupation exclusion from housing benefit—more commonly known as the bedroom tax. While refuges themselves are exempt, this may exacerbate their already vulnerable financial situation, through no fault of their own. So my fourth...

Leasehold and Commonhold Reform — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (21 Dec 2017)

Justin Madders: ...to end that racket upon a racket. Only this week I have had two examples from my own constituency of how the current system is not fit for purpose. The first involves Redrow, which is building a lot of properties in my constituency at the moment, mainly three and four-bedroom detached properties, which, for reasons I have never understood, are sold on a leasehold basis. As the Prime...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reform (Homelessness) (21 Dec 2017)

Kevin Stewart: ...people in our society. Every year, we spend more than £100 million to help relieve the worst impact of UK Government welfare cuts and to support those on low incomes. That includes mitigating the bedroom tax to help more than 70,000 households in Scotland to sustain their tenancies. We also support people in crisis through the Scottish welfare fund. We have strong homelessness rights...

Childcare for Fostered Children (19 Dec 2017)

Carol Monaghan: ...fostering as an option. There are people who would make excellent foster parents who cannot take in children in need. That has a great impact on young people’s life chances. I want to talk a little about the bedroom tax and its impact. In Scotland, all social housing tenants are exempt from the bedroom tax due to mitigation by the Scottish Government, but it must still be paid across...

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Chris Elmore: ...surely leave lasting marks on their life chances. Unfortunately, the rampant roll-out of universal credit is not the only Government policy that has led to children being plunged back into poverty. The bedroom tax, cuts to tax credits and the knock-on effects of cuts to Welsh Government block grants, which are leading to cuts in children’s services and youth services across the...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (19 Dec 2017)

Ben Macpherson: ...regularly in deliberations in the chamber and elsewhere in the Parliament, DHPs play an important role. The Scottish Government has committed to them, and they are used by local authorities to make a meaningful difference on the ground in mitigating the bedroom tax or dealing with issues around the benefit cap or universal credit and the challenging circumstances that those aspects of UK...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: ...;I don’t remember ever getting a letter saying my pension age had changed. I’m disabled and have had a lot of stressful things going on in the last few years. Incapacity Benefit changing to ESA and worrying about that, then the bedroom tax and having to downsize, then news that DLA is changing. The change in State Pension Age just sort of crept in there and came to my attention...

Scottish Parliament: Draft Spending and Tax Plans 2018-19 (14 Dec 2017)

Derek Mackay: ...the budget, I have been able to avoid that. I can announce today that the local government resource budget will be protected in cash terms and that the capital budget will be increased in real terms, which will result in a total increase in local authority core funding of £94 million. In addition, local authorities have the option to increase the council tax by up to 3 per cent. If...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: ...done by the Scottish Government found that between 7,000 and 10,000 disabled people a year are affected by the removal of their support. The SNP Scottish Government have completely mitigated the bedroom tax, saving 40,000 disabled people in Scotland who claim ESA from that hated and unjust tax. I trust that the Minister will seek improvements to the system, and I ask her as she does so to...

Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) (13 Dec 2017)

Karen Buck: .... There are apartment blocks in my constituency and others that are fast becoming informal hotels, but without any of the management and support functions provided by hotels and, of course, without paying business rates or corporate taxes. More localised lettings, even though they do not have the same concentration of problems, can still cause real stresses for neighbours and costs and...

Scottish Parliament: Finance (13 Dec 2017)

Richard Leonard: In the Tory party press release in advance of today’s debate, Murdo Fraser is quoted as saying—and I must get this right—that “punishing and counter-productive taxes” should not be raised in tomorrow’s budget. Is he seriously suggesting that income tax is a “counter-productive” tax? It is a fair tax in principle that needs to be more...


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