Results 1–20 of 1167 for bedroom tax

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Martin Vickers: ...hard-pressed families, we have done a considerable amount of work. We have frozen fuel duty, which is extremely welcome, as will be the increased living wage—especially in low-wage areas such as mine—and the increased tax-free allowances. Let me now deal with one or two other issues that have been to the fore. I think that all our policies, but particularly our housing and...

Backbench Business: Support for Care Leavers — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (16 Nov 2017)

Alex Cunningham: ...from 21 to 25 through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. My own borough council, Stockton, has an excellent reputation for delivering for vulnerable people. It has removed the requirement for care leavers to pay council tax for a period of time while they are adjusting to their new independent life. Others have followed suit, and I wonder whether the Minister could encourage more to do...

Working-age Benefits - Question for Short Debate (16 Nov 2017)

Lord Young of Cookham: ...decades that have followed, we have seen in-work support evolve from its inception through family credit and housing benefit to the introduction of statutory sick and maternity pay in the 1980s and then on to tax credits, which started in the late 1990s and have grown in importance ever since. The more than £25 billion that the Government now spend on in-work benefits and tax credits...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Ruth George: ...beset universal credit. The six-week wait is just the start. It is just the start of a horrendous time for anyone who is claiming universal credit. The local housing allowance for a family three-bedroom house in my constituency is £150 a week. There is a seven-day wait with no payment whatsoever, so a household can be £150 down to start with. The allowance is paid in arrears, but...

Universal Credit - Motion to Take Note (16 Nov 2017)

Baroness Meacher: .... They face inevitable soaring debts completely outside their control, the risk of homelessness, acute anxiety and distress. These benefit cuts include, as most noble Lords here know, the benefit cap, the bedroom tax, the cut to council tax benefit, the failure to meet the whole of a claimant’s rent, the working-age benefits freeze and cuts to work allowances—to name just a...

Scottish Parliament: Taxation (16 Nov 2017)

John Swinney: ...will act to protect, at all times, the interests of low-income individuals in our society. That is what runs through this Government’s promise. When the United Kingdom Government slashed council tax benefit, the Scottish Government—this former finance secretary—came to the rescue of low-income families in Scotland. When the bedroom tax was applied by the Conservative...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing (15 Nov 2017)

David Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households have been subject to the bedroom tax policy in each year since its introduction.

Scottish Parliament: Homes First (8 Nov 2017)

Andy Wightman: ...with not knowing who is coming and going; the displacement of the residential population when homes are acquired as lucrative short-term lets and residents who remain are left to decide whether to stay; a tax gap, as thousands of properties are not on the valuation roll and their owners do not pay non-domestic rates; and concerns about security, as keys are distributed to hundreds of...

Temporary Accommodation (7 Nov 2017)

John Healey: a disappointing intervention to take right at the end of this speech at the end of this debate, but I will send the hon. Gentleman the Labour housing manifesto. We have committed to ending the bedroom tax; the Conservatives brought it in. We will restore housing benefit support for 18 to 21-year-olds; they cut it. We will review the whole housing benefit system, including the local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Foster Carers (6 Nov 2017)

Lilian Greenwood: ...of young people in care, yet some departments have been forced to cut specialist support staff—and potential foster families are also under pressure, including from Government policies such as the bedroom tax. I welcome the national stocktake, but it is long overdue. What steps will the Government take to address the urgent need to recruit additional carers?

Intergenerational Fairness in Government Policy - Motion to Take Note (26 Oct 2017)

Lord True: ..., said, through quantitative easing, pummelling savers along the way—and piled unimaginable quantities of debt on future generations. There are two recent Chancellors whom I will not name who bear a heavy responsibility for that. Let us not fall for a lump of prosperity fallacy to be addressed by taxing Doris to pay Dan. High tax is part of the problem for us all. Most older people...

Social Care: Supported Housing (25 Oct 2017)

Rachel Maclean: ...constituency visits. It provides incredible enriching care for elderly and complex-needs patients, including people with dementia and a number of other needs. It has 42 highly specified one and two-bedroom apartments and communal areas designed to ensure that residents can lead an enriching life and have access to all the local amenities of Redditch on their doorstep. It has welcomed the...

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Cap (25 Oct 2017)

Patrick Harvie: ...but we have shown that the resulting gap—the reduction in overall spend through the benefit system—is £11 million. Given that the cap’s impact on households is even more severe than that of the bedroom tax, but the overall budgetary impact of fully mitigating it would be less, is not it clear that the Scottish Government should strain every sinew to fill the gap,...

Consumer and Personal Debt - Question (23 Oct 2017)

Baroness Meacher: ...average, seven to eight weeks for their first payment. They then get a payment for four weeks. It is not possible for them to survive, and of course we know that their benefits are reduced by the bedroom tax and all the other things, and then debt withdrawals. We heard this morning at a meeting that apparently people are resorting to burglary in order to pay their debts. Can the Minister...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Karen Lee: a direct result of universal credit and benefit sanctions. When universal credit is fully rolled out in March, I am concerned that people who are already suffering from the effects of the bedroom tax, benefit caps and the freezing of benefit rates will suffer even more. Gingerbread, the CAB and Crisis—it is not just Opposition Members—all agree that simplifying benefits is a...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Stirling, in line with their publicly expressed wishes. We have done what we can to mitigate the effects of the Westminster Government. We have used the hardship fund to try to mitigate the bedroom tax—a pernicious attack on the poor. In Stirling, there are 1,021 recipients of that fund. We have a better-performing national health service than any other part of the United Kingdom....

Housing: Availability and Affordability - Motion to Take Note (12 Oct 2017)

the Bishop of Chelmsford: ...other forms of starter homes are unable to move into larger properties. But housing developers favour larger houses with larger prices. I therefore find, as I go about, that I hear stories of children of different genders having to share a bedroom long beyond the ideal age—which in other policies such as the bedroom tax the Government have set at 10—and children and parents...

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