Letter for publication
On the anniversary of the introduction of the bedroom tax in April 2013 the government must look again at this unjust and unfair policy that is hitting some of the most vulnerable people in our community hardest.
The Bedroom Tax penalises people who are deemed to have a “spare bedroom” in their property, even if that room is needed by disabled or ill people to store medical equipment. Many other vulnerable people have also been affected.
The situation has been made worse by London’s disastrous housing crisis. We know local people who desperately want to downsize their home, but are unable to do so because the Tory and Lib Dem government is failing to build enough homes. Even where people want to downsize, there just aren’t enough homes to go round. Lambeth Liberal Democrats have once again stayed silent while their party props up another damaging policy and London faces a growing housing crisis.
In Vassall, an area that spans less affluent areas near Brixton and Camberwell New Road, we are seeing local people and their families being put in desperate situations by this tax. Our experience in our community is that this tax is causing hardship and despair: it is time for it to be scrapped.
Vassall Labour Cllr Paul Gadsby
Vassall Labour candidate Jacqui Dyer
Vassall Labour candidate Annie Gallop
Ian Townson, Unite Community