Jim McGovern backs Labour’s call to scrap the Bedroom Tax
3 April 2014
Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has joined Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves in the House of Commons to call for an end to the Bedroom Tax.
Mr McGovern sits on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee which published interim conclusions of a comprehensive investigation into the Bedroom Tax last month.
Mr McGovern and his committee colleagues heard evidence attesting to the damage the tax was having on people in Scotland.
The committee recommended the immediate abolition of the Bedroom Tax by the UK government, compensation for money lost by tenants through arrears, and called on the Scottish Government to establish a fund for local authorities to pay for the arrears accumulated by tenants hit by the policy.
Labour in Holyrood introduced a motion to ensure that the Scottish Government provided funds to local authorities so that arrears were not passed onto tenants.
This was eventually agreed to by the Scottish Government.
Jim McGovern said;
“The Bedroom Tax has been extremely damaging to too many social tenants in Dundee.
“I have heard directly from many who have told me of the worry and the financial trouble it has caused.”
“Labour opposed the Bedroom Tax from the very beginning and has lead calls to see it ended.
“It was Labour who brought this issue before the Scottish Parliament.
“It was a relief when the SNP’s prevarication over supporting Labour’s motion in Holyrood eventually came to an end, but this is only the start. “
“The agreement in Holyrood is a temporary solution.
“The people of Dundee need to see the Bedroom Tax abolished altogether.
“Forcing local and regional government to bear the costs simply isn’t right.
“It is clear to me that only a Labour government in Westminster has the will and the resources to deliver a permanent end to this shameful policy.”