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IDS Announces Small #BedroomTax Concession

March 11, 2013

From Financial Times blogs. A small piece of good news, I think.

Labour continues to pile the pressure onto Iain Duncan Smith over reductions in housing benefit to those who have one or more spare bedrooms in their social housing. At DWP questions today, Labour MP after Labour MP stood up to ask a question about what they call the “bedroom tax” (Tories hate the label but their “spare room subsidy” label misses the point).

Amid the barrage of questions, it became clear that DWP is about to offer a concession. IDS told the Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland that guidance would be going out to councils tomorrow about what they can do for severely disabled children.

DWP officials have since clarified the situation. Councils will be allowed to exempt families with a severely disabled child who cannot share with a sibling from the loss of part of their housing benefit. The money this will end up costing the state will be footed by central government, not the councils themselves. They will still have a separate pot of £280m over two years to subsidise other special cases as they see fit.

The move is unlikely to cost much: the department thinks there are very few families who would actually qualify for this exemption. But it might buy IDS some more breathing space, if not from the implacably hostile Labour benches, then at least from his Lib Dem coalition colleagues.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie permalink
    March 11, 2013 5:49 pm

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & POLITICAL JOURNAL and commented:
    In Solidarity!!

  2. March 11, 2013 6:33 pm

    It should never have come to this where IDS looks like backing down a little on disabled children on their bedroom tax
    IDS is a monster and that is crystal clear for the world to see he says he’s a Roman catholic ?

    my kids go to a leading Roman catholic school and none of the school be they teachers or students would have ever had a thought on bedroom tax for disabled children thank god they would never have even giving it any thought for anyone and if they had my kids would have stopped going to that school that you could be assure of

    what we have here is an evil person in IDS with a personal secret agenda to destroy the lives of many people and doesn’t care who is crosses and for him to say he’s a staunch Roman catholic wicked thing to have stated

    I know of no other faiths that would have dreamt up the bedroom tax and it’s on this basis alone that IDS should never be supported in his current mental state and he should resign from politics

    if i myself had ever come out with such a thing like the bedroom tax my wife and family would have walked on me that i can tell you

    IDS has caused the premature deaths of thousands of sick and disabled people in going through the welfare reform process in which they were told they were fit for work but weren’t and died instead from various reasons of only which the corner can be sure of

    At the end of the day the bottom line is they were not fit for work and as i say in that IDS should resign so that other lives may be saved and that the people of the uk work together to get him removed from such a personal position as the welfare minister in which many lives have and are continuing to lost

  3. March 11, 2013 8:39 pm

    Reblogged this on kickingthecat.


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