|OFFICE OF CAROLINE LUCAS, MP FOR BRIGHTON PAVILION
BEDROOM TAX U-TURN: HUGE WIN FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, BUT NOW EXEMPT
DISABLED PEOPLE FROM THIS CRUEL AND COUNTERPRODUCTIVE MEASURE, SAYS
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, led the Opposition Day debate
on the Government’s bedroom tax policy in February together with MPs
from Plaid Cymru and SNP.
Responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s announcement today, she said:
“The eleventh hour decision to exempt foster carers and families with
children in the armed forces from the new bedroom tax is a huge win for
social justice – and a clear sign that the Government is beginning to
recognise just how flawed and unfair this policy is.
“However, ministers should now go further and exempt disabled people
too in order to protect the most vulnerable from losing their homes to
this cruel and counterproductive measure.”