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My letter to the Daily Post, published 28 February 2013:
Well done to the Daily Post for highlighting the unfairness of the government’s bedroom tax and the real life stories of the people affected by it. This policy doesn’t even do what the Tories and Lib Dems said it would, which is release homes for people in desperate need. If everyone affected moved to a smaller property, the total welfare bill would go up not down because many families would have to move to private rented accommodation which costs more not less. The only way to make more socially rented homes available is to build them, which would itself help create jobs and kick-start the economy. The bedroom tax is just a sneaky, underhand way of taking an average of £14 a week from poor families to pay for an average tax cut of £100,000 for their millionaire friends. Shame on you Guto Bebb and David Jones for voting for this.