THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has made a robust defence of her reasons for voting against the Labour motion on the Bedroom Tax in parliament on Tuesday night.
The Labour motion called for the abolition of the bedroom tax/spare room subsidy.
The motion was defeated by 26 votes.
Jackie Doyle-Price said:
“I voted for the Government amendment to Labour’s motion because that is the motion I agreed with. The Labour motion was incoherent, partly because it had been tabled at the eleventh hour after their first motion was ruled procedurally out of order as it referred to the bedroom tax, which of course as we all know doesn’t exist.
“I can count on the fingers of one hand how many constituents have raised it with me. Notwithstanding the hysterical claims of the Labour Party, the Government has made money available to support those in oversized property through discretionary housing payments to enable people to adjust.
“The principle is sound. The taxpayer should not be paying the rents of people who are living in properties which are bigger than they need, particularly when there are families on the housing list in desperate need of that accommodation.”