National Housing Federation statistics reveal that 1,216 households will be hit by the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ locally in Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park. It is predicted that these households will lose an average of £728 a year. The report is broken down by constituency and highlights that the Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households nationwide, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability.

The ‘Bedroom Tax’ is being introduced in April along with changes to child benefit and a host of other welfare reforms. At exactly the same time the government is going to give a massive £100,000 tax cut to 13,000 millionaires. This is just unacceptable.

Local MP Jon Cruddas said: 

“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hit the families in Dagenham and Rainham that are already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing local tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents and covering the cost of driving people out of their homes.

“At a time when foodbanks and warm home initiatives are prevalent in the local community, it is shocking to see such hard hitting and socially negligent policies being enforced by this Tory-led government.

“Across the board, roughly two thirds of the households to be 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 millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right? I will be fighting this decision every step of the way, putting pressure on Ministers and trying to make them see sense. Many people have already contacted my office raising their concerns and when April comes I will be doing all I can to support local residents.”

A national campaign is being launched that will run up to April, the idea is to highlight the impact the ‘Bedroom Tax’ will have on local people and raise these concerns with the highest levels of government in order to try and pressure a change.

If you would like to help in the fight against the introduction of a ‘Bedroom Tax’ then please write to Jon sharing your concerns and what impact the reforms will have on you. Address your letters to: Jon Cruddas MP, Bedroom Tax, 50-52 New Road, Dagenham RM9 6YS