Local Labour Candidate Helen Goodman, pledged to fight the unfair Bedroom Tax affecting hundreds of families in Bishop Auckland.
Helen Goodman said:
“The Bedroom Tax will cost people in the Bishop Auckland £3,400 if the Tories win again. At the moment, 1,087 people are paying,
but a million more people nationwide will have to pay if the Tories win in May. All 7,910 constituents under-65 in social housing are at risk of having to pay, for example, if a child leaves home, a member of the household dies, or income falls.
“I have heard terrible stories of the effect of the Bedroom Tax from my constituents. As the Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform, it is my privilege to fight for the abolition of this cruel Tax every day.
“The government has imposed the Bedroom Tax on families who are already hard pressed to make ends meet. There aren’t enough smaller properties for people to move to so even the government’s own studies show that people are having to cut back on household essentials to pay it.
Only a Labour government will abolish the Bedroom Tax.”
Prior to the Tory's introduction of the Bedroon Tax in 2012 Helen launched a series of Youtube videos about life after the bedroom tax. For seven days Helen lived on a food budget of £18 a week and video-blogged about it each day. £18 a week is the amount some of her constituents are left with to feed themselves after the introduction of the Bedroom.Helen You can watch Helen's journey on Youtube.