Today Swansea West MP Geraint Davies was in Parliament to vote against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate in the House of Commons
The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In Wales alone over 31,692 people have been affected.
The Liberal Democrats have repeatedly joined the Tories to keep the Bedroom Tax in place and have previously resisted any attempt to protect people from it. Yet today the Liberal Democrats joined Labour in voting against their own policy in Parliament.
Unfortunately this vote will not abolish the bedroom tax, but it is a step in the right direction and a glimmer of hope for many.
Geraint Davies MP said, “David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s cruel and unfair Bedroom Tax has hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our community.
“Today I had to cancel to my advice surgery and other meetings to be in London to vote against the Bedroom Tax, I apologise to those whom I had to postpone, but I am sure residents will realise how important it was for me to vote against the bedroom tax that affects so many vulnerable people in Swansea. I had over a hundred letters from concerned residents about attending the vote today and many more have spoken about the issue on the doorstep.
“Despite the clear evidence that the Bedroom Tax is causing misery, hardship and forcing thousands to rely on food banks, the Lib Dems and Tories have voted again and again in favour of it. If this government won’t ditch the Bedroom Tax, then the next Labour government will.
"The Lib Dems voted with the Tories for the Bedroom Tax. There wouldn't be a Bedroom Tax if it wasn't for the Lib Dems. The only way to cancel the Bedroom Tax is to elect a Labour government next year."