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Mark calls for bedroom tax to be scrapped for abuse victims

(May 15, 2014)

Mark has today signed an e-petition calling on the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions to exempt victims of domestic violence from the bedroom tax.

The petition calls for the Government to make exemptions for victims of domestic abuse or violence from the Spare Room Subsidy if they have had a Police Assessment or have a safe room in the property.  It highlights that many victims are unable to work due to the effect on their health and sometimes due to having to move homes for their safety.

The online petition entitled Exempt Victims of Domestic Abuse who have had a Police Assessment and/or have a Safe/Panic Room from the Spare Room Subsidy has so far attracted 210 signatures and was started by Tracey Simpson-Laing. 

E-petitions are a vehicle for members of the public to raise awareness about a particular topic that can be influenced by Parliament.  If a petition gets over 100,000 signatures, then it can be considered for debate in the House of Commons.  It must successfully pass through the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee before a parliamentary debate can be triggered. Subjects debated so far in this Parliamentary session (2013-14) include: stopping female genital mutilation in the UK; the effects of welfare reform on disabled people; holiday companies charging extra in school holidays and age-related tax allowances.

Mark said: “Victims of Domestic Violence are already suffering considerable distress and upheaval in their lives before the Government hits them again with a bedroom tax.  It’s unfair and inhumane and I urge the Government to end the bedroom tax for the most vulnerable in our society.”

To sign the e-petition above, go to: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64544

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