Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has pledged to continue his campaign against the bedroom tax following the revelation that over 1,000 households in the Caerphilly constituency are paying the unfair tax.
The figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that 1,156 households living in the constituency are currently being hit by the bedroom tax.
The DWP has also confirmed that 57% of people paying the bedroom tax across the country have had to cut back on household basics since it was introduced.
However, despite the fact that the Tory-led Government claimed the bedroom tax would help people living in social housing move to a smaller house if they wanted to, the latest figures show that only 4.5% of people paying the tax have been able to move.
Wayne David has been a vocal opponent of the bedroom tax since the Tory-led Government proposed its introduction. With the Caerphilly Borough’s two other Labour MPs, Mr David presented an 8,000 strong signature petition of Caerphilly Borough residents to 10 Downing Street opposing the tax in 2013 and he has highlighted the case of Mr and Mrs Goodwin form Blackwood, both of whom are blind. On two occasions Mr David put questions to David Cameron in the House of Commons about the couple.
Mr David said, “I always argued that the Tories and the Lib Dems were wrong to bring in the bedroom tax because it unfairly hits many of those people who were already struggling to make ends meet.
“These figures from the Government’s own studies prove that there are just not enough smaller properties for people to move to and that people are having to cut back on household essentials to pay this unjust tax. It is only by electing a Labour Government in May’s general election that we can be sure that the bedroom tax will finally be abolished”.