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Redcar MP Ian Swales has joined Lib Dem colleagues in urging changes to the controversial so-called bedroom tax.

The Party’s plans will see social housing tenants only lose a portion their benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home and turn it down. Reforms would also permanently exempt disabled adults from being affected by the subsidy.

Mr Swales stated:

“Since I sat on the Welfare Reform Bill Committee in 2011 I have been opposed to this policy. I was very clear with the minister in these meetings that people should not be penalised for not moving to a smaller property if such a property was not available. I knew this would be a problem in my constituency where he have a great shortage of 1 and 2 bedroom properties. I was right.

“When given the opportunity I voted against the policy and I have been vocal in fighting for concessions including the exemption of disabled children who were expected to share bedrooms and on disabled adults.

“We can no longer ignore faults in the policy and I am pleased that we are tackling this head on. I will work with my colleagues in Parliament to do everything I can to ensure the system becomes fairer.”

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