Results 1–20 of 1146 for bedroom tax

Scottish Parliament: Finance (Income Tax) (20 Sep 2017)

Derek Mackay: ...with it. To facilitate that discussion, at decision time tonight, this Government will not—with the exception of opposing the Tories’ attempts to impose further austerity by reversing the tax decisions that we have taken—take a position on the motion and amendments from Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens. I want an open and constructive debate, so my colleagues and I...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (19 Sep 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...detail on what people can expect from Scotland’s new social security agency and how we came to the decision on its configuration. I will also update members on our progress on abolishing the bedroom tax at source and on delivering choice in universal credit through rent payments direct to landlords and twice-monthly payments. I was delighted to be with the First Minister yesterday...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (19 Sep 2017)

Kevin Stewart: ...that the rise in homelessness across the UK is linked to the UK Government’s welfare cuts. From the freeze on benefits to the benefit cap, and from the changes to the local housing allowance to the imposition of the bedroom tax, a series of harsh cuts have been made to the support that people on low incomes rely on to keep a roof over their heads. The deliberate six-week delay before...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Equality and Human Rights (19 Sep 2017)

James Dornan: ...Council of Europe, the ECHR and their institutions. Thanks to the ECHR, victims of domestic violence have been able to get better protection, LGBTI people have used human rights provisions to overcome discrimination and, as we have seen with regard to the bedroom tax, disabled people have been able to fight against cruel welfare reform. However, the UK Government will not commit to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Sep 2017)

Jeremy Corbyn: ...the Government’s policies have caused “grave and systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. We have seen punitive assessments and sanctions, cuts to disability benefits, and the bedroom tax that has hit disabled people, 4.2 million of whom now live in poverty. At the weekend, we were told that the public sector pay cap had been dropped. On Monday, the Prime...

Scottish Parliament: Housing (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Constance: God only knows how that will improve their life chances. It was Mr Tomkins’s Government and party that defended the bedroom tax.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

James Cleverly: ...cover every single dot and comma of this gargantuan document—I am pleased to speak in support of the general tone of the things contained within it. Its main measures include the shift to reduce the tax burden on the majority of people, particularly those at the lower end of the income spectrum, and to reduce the tax burden for businesses to enable them to grow, recruit and employ,...

Scottish Parliament: Benefit Cap (Mitigation) (7 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...that the UK Government has made. Those include the ones that Patrick Harvie has talked about, but we have, for example, also used the payments to make sure that nobody in Scotland has to pay the bedroom tax until such time as we can legally abolish it. Inevitably, therefore, discretionary housing payments come under pressure. As part of my previous ministerial responsibilities, I had...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (6 Sep 2017)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: ..., it has tweaked the universal credit architecture in a way that helps deal with some of the late payment and rent arrears issues building up in the rest of the United Kingdom. It has mitigated the effect of the bedroom tax and some of the other effects of the Welfare Reform Act 2012—and indeed the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016—in a way that is not happening in the rest of...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (5 Sep 2017)

Joan McAlpine: ...of disability. It is a shame that the Scottish Government has to step in and legislate to force councils to act, but that shows that the SNP is building on its record on fairness for more vulnerable people, just as we were doing when we mitigated the bedroom tax and when we stepped in to make good the UK Government’s council tax benefit cut. The national investment bank for Scotland...

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...


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