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Bedroom Tax Labelled As "Totally Unacceptable" By MP

Friday March 8 2013


Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP


DAN Jarvis is another MP who has criticised David Cameron's decision to go ahead with so-called Bedroom Tax.

The latest figures from the National Housing Federation estimate that in Dan's Barnsley Central constituency, 1,789 people will be affected by the tax.

He's called these figures “deeply unfair” - particularly when the Prime Minister is giving thousands of millionaires a tax cut of £100,000 a year.

“The Bedroom Tax is a totally unacceptable policy and will be hitting working people and the vulnerable in Barnsley," he said.

Two-thirds of the households set to be affected nationally are home to someone with a disability and their carers, families of serving soldiers and foster families helping children in need of a home.

“These measures are completely unfair and come at a time when families are already struggling to make ends meet," the MP added. "It’s another example of how the government is out of touch with ordinary people.”

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Reply Posted by m jolly on Friday March 8 2013 at 10:06
apparently there is a loop hole. if your bedroom is classed as a boxroom they cant make you pay bedroom tax as its too small to be a bedroom. check this out hope its right.

Reply Posted by donna on Friday March 8 2013 at 10:16
i think if it below 71square meter they cant charge you for it

Reply Posted by mick on Friday March 8 2013 at 11:00
Put up a partition wall and class one bedroom as two box rooms .

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday March 8 2013 at 13:33
It's 70sq ft, then it's classed has a box room, ask Dan Jarvis !

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday March 8 2013 at 13:35
My 3rd bedroom is 70.6 sq ft, gonna put another thick coat of plaster on !

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Friday March 8 2013 at 21:54
This tax is not payable by pensioners, Labour don't tell you that. Same old scare tactic.

Reply Posted by jackie on Saturday March 9 2013 at 03:02
there will always be winners and losers as honestly life is not "fair" is it? a difficult one this. Some people will need a spare bedroom, but honestly I think a couple of spare bedrooms is a luxury. And yes, I agree that there are not enough small properties to move into, but when you are a couple working all day just to make ends meet, paying for absolutely everything, especially when you have a medical condition and have to pay for prescriptions which means that you just try to do without them from time to time, sometimes it is hard not to resent paying taxes for someone to have a couple of extra bedrooms that they don't really need.

Reply Posted by Tracey on Saturday March 9 2013 at 08:08
www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/publications/Manuals/RentOfficerHandbook/Other/Procedures/r-roh-rooms.html

Reply Posted by carl on Saturday March 9 2013 at 15:36
DISGUSTING AT THIS UN ELECTED GOVERNMENT ARE DOING IT WOULD BE FAIR IF THEY BROUGHT IN MANSION TAX ALSO ID LIKE TO SEE A TAX ON SECOND HOMES AND HOLLIDAY HOMES AND ID LIKE CAMRON TO STOP THE MPS HAVING A SECOND HOME PAID FOR BY US AND THEM HAVE BED ITS INSTEAD OF EXPENSIVE PAL MALL DESRES ALL THEY NEED IS SOMEWHERE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT
AND THE ONLY EXPENSES THEY CAN CLAIM IS TRAVEL ALLOWENCES ?? START AT THE TOP AND WORK THE CUTS DOWN NOT PICK ON THE POOR ALL THE TIME

Reply Posted by Fred on Sunday March 10 2013 at 14:00
Carl, people who have holiday homes and mansions work hard and pay 50 tax ! Get all the lazy, dolers of their arses and do a days work, that it what's needed. A large portion of people think they are owed a living and there not. However I do agree with you regarding MP's, if they can't manage on their 70k salaries, there are many more people who would jump at the chance.

Reply Posted by Mappman on Sunday March 10 2013 at 16:03
Poor old benefit scroungers crying again. They should have gone out to work for a living and bought their own home like the rest of working people. I agree with Fred 100%

Reply Posted by carl on Monday March 11 2013 at 10:25
let me tell you fred and mapman ive worked hard all my life in construction self employed contractor the crash came and i went under im now bankrupt and cant find work i want to work maybe there should be a minimum living wage so ppl would not need to get tax credits to top up wages when ppl work hard all day and stop imigrants under cutting our standard of living by doing jobs cheaper also thers over 2 million unemployed this government need to build homes which would have a big knock on effect to others like manufacturing and labour accross the board ??

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 07:45
ahh, it's about standard of living then. A better standard of living can only be acquired with hard work, If you have nothing better to offer than a European worker why should you be paid more! If you needed a job at home doing and two people quoted different rates for the same job I bet you'd give the job to the cheapest!

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 20:15
Carl so what you are REALLY saying is that you had a very good living before the "crash" and now cant find the work you "want" or can get because you are being "undercut" by immigrants?
AND want the government to kick start the building sector by building new homes,THUS giving YOU a job and a decent minimum living wage?
Get real son,if you cant find work in your field of expertise and have an ounce of pride left in you as a working man,then go and get a minimum wage job like the rest of us have to.
Yes,we are all being undercut by cheap immigrant workers,this country has the Labour party to thank for that,just remember this the next time you put your X on the ballot box.

Reply Posted by Paul on Monday March 11 2013 at 10:31
well said Fred . whats the point of working if you cant have holiday homes etc. Get the fraudulent claimers back to work . Save the hard workers from keeping them ...

Reply Posted by Rebecca Ali on Monday March 11 2013 at 10:47
An what about people who cant work who have disabled children ?????? Are people so thick cant believe some of these comments ...I hope to god one day u feel how some of these people are feeling at min.....some people cant work ...u just educate pork can u ???

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 07:50
As a 'civilised' society we should and to some extent do look after the needy, however we have a durge of lazy scrounges, mostly local as well as a good number of immigrants. It's these people's fault genuine benefit claimants are suffering, people shouldn't tolerate be benefit abuse regardless of the abusers nationality. Lazy scrounges who feel they are entitled to there own home, flat screen TV, sky , play station , cigs and booze, if I want any if these I have to pay for them. It's these people that are ruining our country !!

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday March 12 2013 at 21:04
Fred - ABSOLUTE GARBAGE!
This country was already ruined by the shift from manufacturing to the service industry by thatcher and her idiotic cronies.
The problem is not with the Lazy Scroungers (you spelt it wrong btw) as you so eloquently put it , it is with our society itself,Labour allowed millions to slip through the net and to claim every benefit under the sun as did other previous governments.
Benefits should be a stop gap not a lifestyle choice,believe it or not some EU countries have excellent policies on benefits,example - Portugal - You can claim benefits for 6 months and thats it,perhaps as we are "part" of the EU we could adopt the same policy?
As for the comments about flats,sky tv etc,etc, again it is the fault of previous governments,i am not Tory supporter,i hate them will a passion, but some of the schemes they have introduced to helping people get back into work have reasonable merit.
I am all for the introduction of the welfare card,perhaps if the recipients of said welfare cards realised the could only buy everday essentials,clothes, food and heating their homes,it may have given them the impetus to find a job and pay for luxuries such as cigs and booze.
Alas,it was destined to fail as the namby pambys in our country effectually said it was against the human rights of the benefit recipient to recieve these welfare cards.And their would also be "issues" with fraud with the cards etc,etc.
Personally,i think the automatic right to be housed ought to be removed from society.
How many generations of the same family have churned out kids just to get a council house?
Automatic right to benefits for immigrants needs removing,automatic right for the dependant children back in the immigrants home country needs removing,automatic right for asylum seekers and their dependant children needs removing. we've all heard about the somali asylum seeker and her 12 kids getting £100,000 plus a year in benefits and having her £12k a month rent paid for her London Mansion havent we?
Unfortunately,mainstream media ,gutter tabloids and Tory rhetoric demands that all benefit recipients are labelled as "scroungers" and are ostracised by society.
Some are taking the p*** but the majority are not, the Welfare bill accounts for 1% of the UK GDP,Whereas tax evasion is equivalent to 23% of GDP.
Perhaps the tories need to look at the latter more closely,of course this will never happen as the majority of the millionaire tories have their own business interests to look after.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday March 11 2013 at 10:59
I'm with Fred on this one. There are far too many uneducated scroungers in this town of ours and it's about time they were dealt with. The government need to be much tougher with these people. They should not be allowed to continue to be a drain on society.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 16:17
"uneducated scroungers" "these people" by some of the terminology you use i would suggest you are a Sun reading Tory who is indeed uneducated.
How can "these people" be a drain on society when the benefits budget is equivalent to 1% of the uk GDP?
I suggest you do your research before you post ridiculous comments on here.

Reply Posted by paul on Monday March 11 2013 at 11:08
This isnt about the people who cant work Rebecca . we understand . Its the people who can work and wont work . Please dont tell me you dont know anyone fiddling the system !!!

Reply Posted by observer on Wednesday March 13 2013 at 19:09
all of you. dont be fooled. we have romanian counerparts taking their rightful benefits to arrive here soon. along with all the others. this tax is to remove people from houses with rooms to spare. rooms we all grew up in. houses our parents had us in and watched us grow. when this tax removes us from our homes they will be filled with polish, romanian and others...fact