Jon Trickett MP

Member of Parliament for the Hemsworth Constituency

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Today the Government have defeated Labour's motion in the Commons to scrap the Bedroom Tax by a majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266.

Tory and Lib Dem MPs have voted again & again to keep this cruel tax. It is clear that only a Labour Government will scrap the Bedroom Tax

Only Labour will scrap the Bedroom Tax

Today the Government have defeated Labour's motion in the Commons to scrap the Bedroom Tax by a majority of 32, winning the vote 298 to 266. Tory and Lib Dem...

Tomorrow, during an opposition day debate Labour will be calling on the government to abolish the hated bedroom tax with immediate effect, this may be their final opportunity to do the right thing before the election.

Labour is the only party that has been clear from the start in their opposition to the cruel and unjust tax and we would scrap it as one of the first things we do in Parliament.

The only question remaining is whether the Lib Dem’s will do the right thing before the election and to abolish the Tax they voted for, or will they continue to ignore it and show their true colours?

The Tax is costing half a million households an average £700 extra a year, one in three victims are disabled and 60,000 are carers.

I know from speaking to people affected by the bedroom tax in my area that it is impacting hard on families that are already struggling. Many of my constituents have told me they feel like they can’t make ends meet and they are being forced into rent arrears.

This is why a Labour would scrap the bedroom tax as one of its first acts in government.

During the debate we will also address the shocking rise in the use of food banks since 2010 – which is a clear consequence of the Tory cost of living crisis. 

Food banks are a devastating symbol of Tory Britain with nearly one million people having visited food banks in 2013-4 over one third of which are children.

The recent cross party report ‘Feeding Britain’ found that the single biggest reason for food bank referrals was benefit related problems, however, Iain Duncan Smith has said that this is a ‘tiny’ amount compared to Germany, where food bank use is higher.

The report lays bare the extent of inequality under this government where low pay and rising prices have pushed hundreds of thousands into relying on food banks – that is why Labour is committed to freezing energy prices, taking action on water bills and raising the minimum wage, as well as abolishing the unfair bedroom tax.

Our economic plan will ensure we earn our way to raising living standards for all, not just the few at the top.

 

 

 

Scrap the bedroom tax before Christmas!

Tomorrow, during an opposition day debate Labour will be calling on the government to abolish the hated bedroom tax with immediate effect, this may be their final opportunity to do...

Yesterday in Parliament deeply unfair Firefighters pension regulations were passed by 313 votes to 261 - despite our best attempts to throw it out.

Tories and Lib Dems voted in favour of the regulations while none of the UKIP MP’s voted against the regulations, strongly demonstrating that none of them are on the side of working people.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Labour have warned that the pension scheme, combined with new fitness standards, could result in many Firefighters being forced out of work as they get older and losing out on their full pension. The ambiguous new fitness standards would also put Firefighters and public safety at real risk.

This is seriously unjust as even the government’s own Williams Review found that that two thirds of Firefighters aged 55-60 wouldn’t be able to meet the fitness standards required.

The Tory led government has presided over 48 separate periods of strike action by Firefighters in England since September 2013 and, after more than three years of dispute, they have failed to negotiate a fair and sustainable solution.

The way Ministers have handled Firefighters’ pensions has been shambolic and deeply irresponsible and I understand why so many people are outraged, not least as the pension offer proposed is not the only arrangement possible – there was money available for them to bring forward alternatives.

Firefighters risk their lives to protect us, and this Government has let them down by failing to listen to the concerns of Firefighters who just want a decent pension after a lifetime’s hard work.

The Tories can’t build a better future for working people because they stand up only for a privileged few. Firefighters deserve better than this.

Firefighters deserve better than this

Yesterday in Parliament deeply unfair Firefighters pension regulations were passed by 313 votes to 261 - despite our best attempts to throw it out. Tories and Lib Dems voted in...


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