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Opposition day: the bedroom tax debate

By Jay Elwes  

The cost of housing benefit is £23bn per year and the Government has cut payouts to council tenants claiming such benefits who have unused bedrooms in their property. What Government refers to as the removal of the spare room subsidy, Labour terms the Bedroom Tax

The Order Paper was instructive, as it contained the full text of Labour’s motion (it was Opposition Day, meaning that Labour was able to set the agenda for business in the Commons). The text of Labour’s motion for the debate read:

“That this House regrets the pernicious effect on vulnerable and in many cases disabled…

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