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MP Speaks Out On Bedroom Tax

Tuesday April 2 2013

Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP

MP Dan Jarvis has spoken about the impact that the much-criticised bedroom tax will have on people in Barnsley.

The tax will mean that those who live in a housing association or council-owned property will receive less in housing benefit if the property is deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms.

"This policy from the government will cut housing benefit for families who have one or more spare bedrooms in their homes," said the MP.

"It's come without any real assessment of how many smaller properties are available for people to move into."

The MP's comments come after 440,000 households, some of which are home to disabled people, will be hit by the tax.

“This is grossly unfair. It demonstrates not only a government that is out of touch but also one with their priorities in completely the wrong place," added Mr Jarvis.

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Reply Posted by Mr. A. Jones on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 14:35
My daughter is being forced to pay the bedroom tax on a 49 square foot bedroom, according to the housing act 1985 a bedroom of more that 50Sq ft and less that 70 sq ft can house half a person so can the council legally class a room of less that 50 sq ft as a bedroom?

Reply Posted by Tracey on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 15:08
i have to pay bedroom tax, and been told that my two boys have to share a bedroom even though my eldest has A D H D and aspergers and becomes violent so for the safety of my young son i can not put them in same room, So goverment need to think a bit more about this bedroom tax

Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 20:40
David Cameron lied when he said parents with disabled children won't pay bedroom tax if that child needs their own room. What he didn't say is that only severely disabled children who fit certain criteria will be allowed a separate bedroom and children with 'behavioural' problems don't need their own room.

Reply Posted by Karen Taylor on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 15:38
Me and my husband have 4 kids between us 3 girls 1 boy,my stepchildren stay with us for a few days aweek so we have to sleep down stairs.There council are making us pay bedroom tax because they say my stepchildren dont count in our house hold..well they do count to me and there father how is this fair.

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 21:09
I needed an extra bedroom for my family, and came up with a novel idea ! I took out and extra mortgage and built an extension. In other words I paid for it my self , no cried and whinged that someone didn't give me it for nothing !!

Reply Posted by Andrew Staden on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 15:41
In fact it's 660,000 households with 2,000,000 people in them. Those are the government's conservative estimates. It may be 900,000 households and 3,000,000 people.

And the Labour Party have so far refused to commit to abolishing the bedroom tax if they don't get in.

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 06:55
Rose coloured glasses my friend.
You DO realise that Labour voted in favour of this Tory policy don't you?

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 15:51
Only an average of 20% of Barnsley people bothered to vote at the last election.

Most of you do not give a toss about working folk having their pensions stolen or their wages cut or their working life being extended.

Plus you whine when teachers or emergency workers strike for good reason.

Then you complain about the Police and Fire and Paramedics but you whine about paying anything towards council tax.

So do I have sympathy for people who live in houses bigger than their needs?
NO. Pay up and shut up. If you want a bigger house then work for it.

Reply Posted by nan on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 16:33
i can well understand where your coming from tracey it is hard. my daughter as a son with severe adhd and one who is autistic and as adhd plus a daughter and they are in a 3bed house,theres no way these boys should be sharing a room,but im afraid thats life and people need to start being grateful for what they do have and stop worrying about what they dont and make the best of what they have.i moved from a 2 bed to a 1 bed i have my grandkids evey weekend and my room is turned into a bedroom when they come, it isnt ideal but i use the space i have

Reply Posted by Kush on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 17:30
Im all for it. Well done the goverment.

Reply Posted by Ros on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 17:41
At the end of the day we all have to pay our way, the people who are losing an extra few pounds a week need to remember what they're not paying.
They're not paying a full rent or council tax to start with! They dont have to worry about maintenance and repairs.
Get in the real world, pay up, how do you think all us silly sods manage, we pay everything ourselves, we work, pay tax, mortgage on a modest property. we're not rich, we manage, we have to!
Its time you started paying your share.

Reply Posted by Charles on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 18:51
Dan Jarvis, WAB and others need to get one thing clear; there is no such thing as a 'bedroom tax'. Quite simply the Government is re-allocating housing benefit away from people with spare bedrooms towards people without. Whatever else we call it, it is not a tax. How can Housing Benefit be a tax?

I wish all claimants of Housing Benefit would just be grateful for the handouts which they are receiving. Don't forget, it's the rest of us who are funding you.

Reply Posted by Tired on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 20:09
Welcome to the real world. You might realise what it's like for us who go out to work. Get a grip!

Reply Posted by Peter on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 20:44
If you wan't to stay then stop moaning and pay. There is always getting off your backsides and getting a job like those that never receive handouts yet pay the tax to keep people on their backsides watching Jeremy Kyle.

Reply Posted by sarahjane on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 20:57
To all you who are against the bedroom tax and can write it down on internet but not stand up to the real people. You have heard the saying what goes around comes around lets hope for some unknown reason that you will not be in there place..

Reply Posted by What! on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 21:16
Could we have that in Queens English, sarahjane, what are you saying?

Reply Posted by sally on Tuesday April 2 2013 at 22:12
To Andrew you say And the Labour Party have so far refused to commit to abolishing the bedroom tax if they don't get in. Do you not realise it was labour that introduced this in the firsy place years ago its only called a bedroom tax because people want to cause upset and chaos amongst you all.. for heavens sake people google it do your research it is the amount that it set for rent allowance based on the size of your property and has been around for years but only ever applied to private tenants well hey ho now its extended to council tenants as well.. funny enough private renters havent had protests and moaned like hell they just pay it so stop the whinging and deal with it,,

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 06:59
I refer the honourable ladies and gentleman to the answer to the question in my post above ^^^^^^.
and quoted below
You DO realise that Labour voted in favour of this Tory policy don't you?

Don't think for one minute that ANYTHING will change when these Labour idiots get in in 2015!

Reply Posted by Nick on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 06:53
Well said Sally. The protest on saturday in town was embarrassing!

Reply Posted by Nick on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 07:01
Oh btw Dan, it's you and the rest of Labour who are out of touch.

Reply Posted by Gregs on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 09:42
People should pay their way. Why must benefit claimants be protected from every ill wind when we in work have to face everything ourselves?
We are on a fixed income, we both work, get the same salary every month and just get on with it! The price of stuff goes up, a household item needs replacing, council tax goes up, etc etc etc, we just manage, we have to, we just cut down a bit on other areas. We have 2 children at Uni who we proudly help and support, they don't sponge off us , they both have part time jobs. Just because we have children at Uni, that doesnt make us rich tory snobs, ordinary families from Barnsley send their children to Uni too you know!
Its not rocket science, its what everyone has to do. Stop bleating and sort yourselves out , its pathetic how some people want the state to spoon feed them from cradle to grave.
This can't do attitude is crippling this country, I dont know what our grandparents who fought in the War would make of this weak, spineless hardcore of society that we have today. We are better off than any generation before us, get a grip and be thankful. For heavens sake, man up!

Reply Posted by Staff Nurse on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 11:55
Thank God we have a Goverment who appear to be trying to help people who go out and work. The only ones whinging about it are Labour, staunch Labour supporters and people on benefits!

Reply Posted by angry on Wednesday April 3 2013 at 15:08
when are people going to realise that not everyone on benefits gets their rent and council tax paid,and have extortionate amounts of money comming in every week.my income is £105 a week out of that i have to pay a portion of my rent and council tax,plus the extra council tax i now have to find i pay exactly the same gas,electric,water and tv licence etc as everyone else,my food costs the same as everyone elses,and before people jump on my back no im not moaning i happen to be very grateful for the benefit i do get.and can i just say that if i hadn't worked all my life up untill a couple of years ago when i became to ill to work i would have got everything paid but because ive contributed to the system for many years i have been penalised.im not on benefits through choice and would swap the massively large amount of £105 for my health and a job any day

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday April 7 2013 at 17:01
People with disabilities should be exempt from the bedroom tax.
The "bedroom tax" for normal able bodied people is a cynical way of cutting benefits by the Tories, they seriously think that by cutting a few quid from claimants benefits that they, said claimants will go out and get a job.
some may but a large majority will not.

Just to ram my point home again, Labour mp's voted with their Tory cohorts and voted in favour of the bedroom tax.

Reply Posted by 7 deadly sins on Monday April 8 2013 at 20:37
In view of todays news...............Carol Thatcher will now be paying the bedroom tax.

Reply Posted by Graham on Monday April 8 2013 at 22:41
Why does '7 deadly sins' think that Carol Thatcher will be paying the so-called bedroom tax? Only people in receipt of state hand-outs are affected by this. I doubt that Ms Thatcher will receive hand-outs.

Reply Posted by 7 deadly sins on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 06:53
Graham.......erm........I don't know how to say this......................it was a joke! Just a bit of irony!

Reply Posted by Graham on Friday April 12 2013 at 17:45
If it was meant to be a joke, I doubt that any 'normal' person would understand it. It is clearly wrong to make fun of the dead and shows the moral standing of the person who made the posting.

Grow up.

Reply Posted by 7 deadly sins on Friday April 12 2013 at 18:17
Taxi for Graham!