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MP Joan Walley warns of Bedroom Tax

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Butt Lane Councillor Kyle Robinson and MP Joan Walley angered by the unfair bedroom tax.

Joan Walley MP has today revealed National Housing Federation figures which show 1295 Stoke north and Kidsgrove residents will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ losing on average £728 per year.The Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability, at exactly the same time as the Government gives a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires.

Joan said:

“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in Stoke-on-Trent and Kidsgrove already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents.  These ill thought out plans will hit hardest in the areas with the greatest need and show a blatant disregard for the most vulnerable people.

“The majority of the households hit are home to someone with a disability, and the families of soldiers and foster parents will also be hit. Yet at the same time prisoners get off and millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”

Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:

“David Cameron’s April tax plan is simply not fair. From next month, 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average while over 600,000 armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers have to find £728 a year to pay a new bedroom tax.

“Yet the plan is such a shambles that someone who’s been to prison on a short sentence won’t have to pay. How unfair is that? Millionaires and prisoners are looked after but vulnerable people, carers and armed forces families get hit.

“Labour plan relentless pressure on this out of touch government until Ministers see sense, admit this policy is totally unfair and think again.”

Joan Walley MP backs Linley Road Residents

Joan_Walley_MPLabour MP Joan Walley has written to Newcastle Borough Council’s Planning Committee to back the residents of Linley Road and Old Butt Lane with their objections to the removal of condition 16 on West Avenue that restricts deliveries in the evening and in the early hours of the morning.  Residents and local Councillors sought the help of Ms Walley to make it clear the removal of condition 16 would be a disaster.  Kidsgrove Town Council has backed residents and made objections.

Please click the letter below to enlarge:

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Many thanks

Cllr Kyle Robinson