8,000 sign petition in Caerphilly County Borough against the “Bedroom Tax”
The three Labour MPs for the Caerphilly Borough, Wayne David (Caerphilly), Chris Evans (Islwyn) and Dai Havard (Merthyr and Rhymney), have handed in a petition to the Prime Minister opposing the so-called “Bedroom Tax”.
The petition has been signed by more than 8,000 Caerphilly County Borough residents.
Caerphilly Labour launched the petition in February calling on the Tory-led UK Government to change its Welfare Reform Act and withdraw the cuts to Housing benefit, labelled by critics as the “Bedroom Tax”.
From April 1 2013, changes to housing benefit by the UK Government will mean that working-age recipients could face a cut of 14% to their payments for one spare bedroom, and a 25% cut for two spare bedrooms or more.
Wayne David raised the case of Mr and Mrs Goodwin of Blackwood in Prime Minister’s Questions three weeks ago. Mr David asked the Prime Minister what justification there could be for Mr and Mrs Goodwin, who are both registered blind, to have to pay the “Bedroom Tax”.
After the Prime Minister said he was willing to look at their case, Mr and Mrs Goodwin wrote to Mr Cameron. However, they have not yet received either a response or an acknowledgement of their letter.
Mr David said: “The Bedroom Tax is a disgraceful attack upon some of least well off and vulnerable people in our society. Government figures show that Wales will be particularly hard hit, especially areas like the Caerphilly Borough. It is clear that people with disabilities are amongst those who will be affected most.
“This petition has been signed by people throughout the length and breadth of the Caerphilly Borough. It has been organised by Caerphilly Labour and has signatures from over 8,000 people. Many of those who have signed will be directly affected by the Bedroom Tax, but many recognise that it is unfair – even though they will not be hit themselves. Even at this late stage, we are calling on the Government to withdraw this unfair welfare change.”
Islwyn’s Chris Evans said: “I am delighted so many people from across the Caerphilly Borough have joined the campaign against these unfair and ill thought out changes.
“These plans will have an impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and it is my sincere hope that the Government thinks again.”
Caerphilly AM Jeff Cuthbert has urged residents affected by the housing benefit cut to contact Caerphilly County Borough Council to apply for an exemption.
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