MP ‘Never Heard’ of Bedroom Tax Despite Voting for it

Channel 4 news reports on a case in which Conservative MP Mark Field says he had “never heard of it” when asked about the Bedroom Tax despite it being revealed that he in fact was one of the members of parliament that voted the policy in.

Mark Field is the MP for Cities of London and Westminster and has held the seat since 2001 and sits on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

He revealed that it was simply the case that he was not familiar with the ‘term bedroom tax’ but was of course familiar with the legislation and backed it fully, having even attempted a similar policy in the west end previously.

This story brings to light a certain confusion surrounding the tax that is apparent even within the height of government.

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David Cameron quizzed over Bedroom Tax

Above we have a video courtesy of the BBC in which Prime Minister David Cameron is asked a rather difficult question my labour MP Alison Seabeck.

Alison Seabeck raises the point that a woman in her constituency who’s son is in the army will now have to pay to have a room waiting for him when he returns home from duty.

This point was again raised in the house of commons by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

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Miliband brings up another case of a mother, Alison from Middleborough, whose twin sons are both serving in the armed forces who faces paying the price for having a room waiting for them after their service.

David Cameron retorts with a need to consider a “basic argument of fairness”, that “if you are in private housing and do get benefits you don’t get money for an extra room…why should we be doing more for people in social housing on housing benefits than those in private?”.

Prime minister was  told that he needed to “get a grip fast, before this scheme descends into total chaos” by shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne was questioned over ‘The Bedroom Tax’ in an interview with Sunday People.

This came when he was spoke about the potential targeting of pensioners in this new scheme.

Current legislation (item 51) states that people who have already reached “the qualifying age for state pension credit and over” are “not applicable” to the tax, meaning the Bedroom Tax would not effect them.

However it has been revealed that in mixed age houses, where one is of retirement age and another of working age the tax will still be applied as both will be treated as working age.

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