Today, Vernon joined other Labour MPs to vote against the Bedroom Tax during a debate in parliament. The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers.
The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place and have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it. Today, however, the Liberal Democrats joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament highlighting just how hated the bedroom tax is.
Thanks to the support of Labour MPs the vote was won. Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the bedroom tax, but Labour will do if elected to government next year, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many.
Vernon said, “David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s unfair Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities.
“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery and hardship, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it. If this government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.”
Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves MP said, "The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax. There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems. The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour government next year."