Results 1–20 of 1120 for bedroom tax

Scottish Parliament: Disabled People (16 May 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...aid to working; the reduction in the work allowance on universal credit; a freeze on in-work benefits; the abolition of the independent living fund, which we have invested in from the Scottish budget to retain in Scotland; and the imposition of the bedroom tax, in relation to which our mitigation investment shows that 80 per cent of the households that we help have a disabled...

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Reductions (Dumfries and Galloway) (11 May 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...the poorest and most vulnerable from the worst excesses of the UK Government’s austerity agenda and welfare cuts. Those include spending more than £350 million since 2013-14 to fully mitigate the bedroom tax, so that 70,000 households save around £650 per year, and helping 241,000 individual households in crisis through the Scottish welfare fund. There has been a further...

Scottish Parliament: Food Banks (9 May 2017)

Mairi Evans: ...it is supposed to help. Let us take a look at exactly what has happened over the past years of the Tory Government. We have had the seriously flawed universal credit system, which continues to ramble on shambolically; the bedroom tax; the introduction of sanctions; cuts to employment and support allowance; a freeze on working-age benefits; a complete cut to housing benefit for 18 to...

Scottish Parliament: Sanitary Products (3 May 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...of Tory welfare cuts and continued austerity, which are pushing more and more people into poverty, it seems that we do so with one hand tied behind our back. Whether through the mitigation of the bedroom tax, the fair food fund, the Scottish welfare fund or the independent living fund—to name just a few of the Scottish Government’s policies—we spend hundreds of millions...

Scottish Parliament: Child Tax Credit Cuts (25 Apr 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: .... I agree very much with that. Of course, the rape clause has come about because of the two-child cap that was introduced three weeks ago by the United Kingdom Government. The cap means that child tax credits and universal credit will be paid only for two children in each family. I will talk about the rape clause in due course, but it is worth noting that the policy intention of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing Rent Arrears (24 Apr 2017)

Anna Turley: ...of my constituency, nearly half of our social housing tenants—46% of them—are in rent arrears. One single mum has seen her rent jump from £8 to £70 a week because of the benefit cap, and the bedroom tax is still wreaking devastation. Is this not a damning indictment of seven years of Tory assault on Britain’s struggling families?

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (20 Apr 2017)

...We have seen the damage that Tories do with a small majority—[ Interruption .] I know that they do not want to hear this, but with a small majority, the Tories have cut Scotland’s budget, have imposed the bedroom tax, the rape clause and cuts to disabled support and have robbed women of their pension entitlement. Let us think about the damage that a Tory Government could do...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (19 Apr 2017)

George Adam: ...by removing the rates burden entirely for 100,000 business properties. Politics is about priorities, and the Scottish Government’s priority has always been the people it serves. While the Tories in Westminster cut taxes for those on the higher rate, the Scottish Government is forgoing the tax cut of £400 for individuals, which equates to £7.60 per week, and making it...

Animal Welfare: Easter Adjournment (30 Mar 2017)

Ruth Cadbury: ...why the Government hold children in such low regard. Children who have lost their mother or father, and whose family will lose bereavement benefits; third and subsequent children in families who benefit from tax credits, who will no longer be entitled to benefit for those additional children; and children in school, whose schools already face cuts and will be cut further when the national...

Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 - Motion to Annul (27 Mar 2017)

Baroness Sherlock: ...That could make their depression or anxiety worse. The context for this change is that this Government and the previous Government have repeatedly cut benefits for sick and disabled people. They cut £30 a week from the ESA for the WRAG group. They introduced the bedroom tax—two-thirds of households affected by that contain a disabled person. Now we have another move which will...

Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation Report (23 Mar 2017)

Mike Kane: ...Government policy, and about the idea of picking the few who would go from the council house to the Cabinet. Today might not be a day for humour, but the tale I tell is that I grew up in a damp two-bedroom council flat in Manchester, and since I became an MP I have lived in a one-bedroom ex-council flat in Westminster, so for some people the trajectory is downhill. I am one of the few in...

Scottish Parliament: Children Living in Poverty (22 Mar 2017)

Angela Constance: ..., saving families around £380 per child per year. We are maintaining our commitment to support people in Scotland affected by United Kingdom Government welfare cuts, via the Scottish welfare fund—mitigating the bedroom tax—and the council tax reduction scheme, which together provide substantial support to tens of thousands of families every year. In addition, our...

Scottish Parliament: Independence Referendum (22 Mar 2017)

Bob Doris: ...illegal war in Iraq; they got 43 per cent of the Scottish vote. I do not recall a Tory mandate to govern Scotland in 1987 with 24 per cent of the vote, but the Tories savaged our communities with the poll tax. What about more recently, in 2010? With the paltry 16.7 per cent of the vote that the Tories got in Scotland, they brought the despised bedroom tax and horrific austerity to our...

Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill [Lords]: Fuel Poverty (21 Mar 2017)

Marion Fellows: ...ability to keep their houses warm; they are in real fuel poverty as a direct result of some of the actions taken by this Government. The Scottish Government have also taken steps to mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax. All of this has helped the most vulnerable groups in Scotland. However—this will come as no surprise to the House—I agree with the First Minister that the...

Short and Holiday-Let Accommodation (Notification of Local Authorities) (21 Mar 2017)

Karen Buck: ...going well beyond the image of the sharing economy. Two concerning issues arise from that, the first of which is the loss of residential accommodation. Short lets can bring in up to three times the income of more traditional flat rentals: £1,800 a week, on average, for a two-bedroom flat, as opposed to £620 a week for a traditional assured shorthold tenancy, according to...

Budget Statement - Motion to Take Note (14 Mar 2017)

Lord Beecham: ..., in flagrant contravention, as we have heard, of the Conservative manifesto commitment in 2015. At the very least, any such change should surely reflect the different circumstances of the self-employed in relation, for example, to sick pay, holiday pay and employer contributions to pensions. The Government need to review the tax and benefit systems and the employment aspects of the...

Budget Resolutions - Amendment of the Law (14 Mar 2017)

Anna Turley: ...standards. Unemployment in the Tees valley has been above 10% for most of the time that the Conservatives have been in office. Austerity has hit many families in my constituency. Over 2,000 people were affected by the bedroom tax and others by unfair benefit sanctions and cuts to tax credits. Living standards are falling, with average annual wages forecast to rise much more slowly than...

Amendment of the Law (8 Mar 2017)

Karin Smyth: ...We expected some social care money and that money is welcome, but over three years it is not enough. I look forward to the Green Paper, but it bodes ill that the Government have already said they do not want to talk about a death tax. Such talk will not help the future of older people in our society. Under Labour, child benefit went up and child tax credits were introduced. We cut...

Building More Homes (Economic Affairs Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

the Bishop of St Albans: ...are often unsuited to the needs of rural communities. There are simply too many large, expensive houses being built that do not reflect the needs of those local rural communities. We are not good at building three-bedroom family homes at a price that means that people such as teachers, nurses and other skilled workers can stay in rural communities as their families grow up. This is a...

PRAYERS - [Mr Christopher Chope in the Chair] : Liverpool City Region (Poverty) — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (1 Mar 2017)

Margaret Greenwood: .... He focused on fairness and the fact that we have had a strong economic renaissance in very recent years in the Liverpool city region, which he would like to see re-stimulated. He also focused on the bedroom tax and child poverty, which many Members picked up on, as well as the closure of jobcentres, which my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Luciana Berger) mentioned. My...


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