Results 1–20 of 1136 for bedroom tax

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Liz Twist: ...continue. These communities, and so many more I could mention, make up my constituency of Blaydon, but as in so many areas, the people of Blaydon have had much to deal with. They have felt the impact of austerity. Too many of my constituents have been hit hard—by the bedroom tax, by benefit sanctions, by reassessments for employment and support allowance or for the personal...

Housing Supply — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (13 Jul 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...—not because they do not want to own their own homes, but because they have no option. However, given rent levels in the private rented sector, it is amazing that they can afford to do so. A typical two-bedroom property costs £420 a week, while a four-bedroom property costs £683 a week. Those were the median values of London rents in January this year, according to data...

Grenfell Tower: Rehousing Update - Statement (5 Jul 2017)

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth: ...I reiterate the point made in the Statement and by the Prime Minister previously that accommodation is being offered on terms at least as generous as those available previously. That means that no bedroom tax would be charged if it applied previously. Charitable payments will not have an effect on benefits, and there will be no sanctions.

Grenfell Tower: Tenants - Question (5 Jul 2017)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...Baroness to her new position. I thought that in the Statement later we would get a welcome assurance about rent protection, but she seems to be suggesting that the rules will still be applied—the bedroom tax and the benefit cap—but that the Government will look to local authorities to make discretionary housing payments, which are usually made on a temporary basis, on a...

High Court Judgment: Benefit Cap (4 Jul 2017)

Alison Thewliss: ...which costs £247 per week. She has investigated the possibility of private accommodation but has found, as is confirmed by her solicitor who has made a statement based on her experience of dealing with many clients who are homeless or suffering the effects of the benefit cap or the bedroom tax, that very few private landlords are prepared to accept tenants who depend on housing...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (Continued) (29 Jun 2017)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: ...suggested that the average UK household now owes some £12,887, and concerns have been expressed by debt agencies about the rise in calls concerning rent arrears, energy and water bills, telephone bills and council tax. Of course, the Government are not without blame in this matter. The transfer to local authorities of responsibility for council tax support schemes, with a starting 10%...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

John Martin McDonnell: ...forged ahead with a serious credible alternative to the Government’s failed approach. Our society can afford decent public services. We are the fifth-richest economy in the world. If we have a fair taxation system, we can end the cuts to schools’ budgets. We can end the horrific sight of children sleeping on chairs in hospital corridors. We can end the bedroom tax and the...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (29 Jun 2017)

Baroness Sherlock: ...those in a household with a working parent—and food bank use is at epic levels. And what is in the Queen’s Speech? There is nothing to address benefit cuts and delays or the escalation in sanctions, which are driving people to food banks and payday lenders. There is nothing to deal with the falling value of benefits and tax credits. In May, CPI inflation was 2.9%, but when...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...equal worth, with equal voice and equal rights. I have one final point. Following yesterday’s helpful briefing, can the Minister give an assurance that any Grenfell Tower residents rehoused in larger and/or more expensive accommodation will not be subject to the bedroom tax or benefit cap? The suggestion that they can in any case be protected through discretionary housing payments is...

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Steve McCabe: ...local authority spending, and ill-considered welfare changes. My advice centres are full of people with housing problems: a mother with two children who has been forced to sleep on the floor of her parents’ two-bedroom house for over three years; the man whose bedroom is covered in black mould; repairs that never get done; or the woman who contacted me to say that she and her...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Meg Hillier: ...be found by 2020, includes £1.7 billion through the more efficient use of staff—we know that that already means that teachers and classroom assistants are losing their jobs—and £1.3 billion through more efficient procurement. I am all for efficiencies and for spending every tax pound as efficiently as possible, because we can then spend what we save on other things,...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (7 Jun 2017)

...is going directly to headteachers to help us to close the attainment gap. In addition to that, this Government is spending more than £100 million on mitigating the impact of Tory welfare cuts such as the bedroom tax. This Government is continuing to do everything that we can to support local services and to mitigate the impact of damaging Tory cuts. The damage that Tory cuts are doing...

Scottish Parliament: Veterans (Deprivation) (1 Jun 2017)

Keith Brown: ...cut due to changes coming into force this year alone. We will continue to strive to protect the most vulnerable and those on low incomes by mitigating the worst impacts of the UK Government’s cuts. For example, we have made sure that no one has had to pay the bedroom tax. We are taking action on reducing poverty. Our fairer Scotland action plan sets out 50 concrete actions that, over...

Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (1 Jun 2017)

Ruth Maguire: ...focus minds across all Scottish Government portfolios and all local authorities and health boards. It will allow us to build on the wide range of work that is already being done to tackle poverty across Scotland, from the attainment fund to the council tax reduction scheme and the Scottish baby box, to name but a few. It will also give Parliament an opportunity to scrutinise and monitor...

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Workers’ Rights (31 May 2017)

Neil Findlay: ...;I think that she has been locked in a cupboard in Tory HQ to prevent her from meeting the voters. However, in a rare sighting, she claimed that the Tories are the party of working people. The party of the bedroom tax, the rape clause, the poll tax, the trade union bill, privatisation—the party of greed and the me, here-and-now society—claiming to stand up for working people is...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security Benefits (30 May 2017)

Angela Constance: ...and we have made excellent progress since the election. We are building on four years’ experience of delivering the Scottish welfare fund and using discretionary housing payments to mitigate the bedroom tax. We are also building on experience of the smooth devolution of DHPs at the beginning of April, and we have made progress with the Department for Work and Pensions to agree the...

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...


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