BARNSLEY Council has called for the 'bedroom tax' to be scrapped as soon as possible.

Sir Steve Houghton passed a resolution at a council meeting officially opposing the 'bedroom tax' and called for it to be abolished.

He said the council is seriously concerned about its implications for the poorest and most vulnerable families within the borough.

The motion calls upon the government to repeal the 'bedroom tax' as soon as possible.

In the meantime the council, working with Berneslai Homes, has said it will do all it can to help tenants.

Conservative councillor John Wilson, who represents the Penistone East ward, said it was a 'flawed' motion because 'there isn't such a thing as the bedroom tax'.