Jon Cruddas MP has urged MPs from all parties to back Labour’s attempt to scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas. Labour has forced a debate and vote in parliament taking place today (Wednesday 17th December) on the Bedroom Tax.

Jon Cruddas MP is in full support of the vote and will be present at the House today to cast his vote.

Since the Bedroom Tax was introduced around half a million low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £700 a year. In Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park 1,216 people were initially hit by the Bedroom Tax. Recent data highlights that 671 people are currently effected by the Bedroom Tax locally.

Jon said: ‘This Christmas hundreds of people in the area will struggle to make ends meet, many relying on food banks to survive because of the Bedroom Tax David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s government introduced in April 2013. The Bedroom Tax is wasting people’s money, time and talents, it’s another example of Tory Welfare Waste.

‘Today Labour is forcing a vote to scrap this failing policy once and for all. I urge MPs from all parties to do the right thing and back Labour’s attempt to scrap this cruel and unfair tax.”

Rachel Reeves said: “Around half a million people have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, forcing many into debt and to rely on food banks. It’s a cruel, unfair and costly tax with two thirds of those affected are disabled. Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax and get rid of this failing policy which is leading to more Tory Welfare Waste.”