bedroom tax


Tory concern about ‘bedroom tax’ grows

9 June 2015 17:08

David Cameron’s former speech writer Clare Foges isn’t the only Tory worried about the impact of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. In a column in The Times today, Foges argues that… Continue reading


Having a leader won’t solve all of Labour’s problems

13 May 2015 12:11

The Labour party has decided on a medium-length campaign to elect its new leader, the Press Association reports, with the announcement on 12 September. This is slightly odd, given NEC… Continue reading

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

IFS: Osborne should come clean on his welfare cuts

19 March 2015 16:11

George Osborne this morning said that people should judge him on his track record, as he refused to set out the detail of welfare cuts planned in the next parliament.… Continue reading

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Government loses ‘bedroom tax’ vote

5 September 2014 14:02

The government has just lost a vote in the House of Commons on the ‘bedroom tax’/removal of the spare-room subsidy/underoccupancy penalty/Size Criteria for People Renting in the Social Rented Sector… Continue reading


The Lib Dems can’t win on reforming the ‘bedroom tax’

17 July 2014 12:14

In 2010, shortly after going into coalition, Lib Dem MPs and peers were addressed by various liberal politicians keen to share their experiences of being the smallest party in a… Continue reading

David Laws will be working out the key themes and messages for the Lib Dem manifesto over the next few days. Picture: GETTY

Lib Dem manifesto horsetrading begins

2 April 2014 18:09

After Tim Farron set out a new position for the Lib Dems on the ‘bedroom tax’ this morning, Labour wants to try to humiliate the party by staging a vote… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Budget elephant trap is still open and waiting for Labour

20 March 2014 9:32

Yesterday the Opposition didn’t really do all that much opposing. Labour announced it was going to vote in favour of George Osborne’s AME welfare cap, with Ed Balls arguing that… Continue reading

The UN's Raquel Rolnik, whose report strongly criticised the bedroom 'tax'.

Exclusive: Leaked emails reveal United Nations fury at ‘bedroom tax’ report

16 September 2013 20:02

Last Tuesday, word began to spread in Whitehall that the United Nations were set to release a highly critical report about the Under-Occupancy Charge, aka the ‘Bedroom Tax’ to everyone but… Continue reading

'Bedroom tax' report

The EU and UN have made fools of themselves

11 September 2013 21:33

Today has not been a good day for multinational organisations. Both the European Union and the United Nations have made fools of themselves. José Manuel Barroso’s claim that a European… Continue reading

The "bedroom tax" case has been rejected by the High Court.

The “bedroom tax” judgment has implications far beyond bedrooms

30 July 2013 12:17

The High Court has rejected the “bedroom tax” claimants’ case. In a ruling issued earlier this morning, Lord Justice Laws said that ‘the PSED [Public Sector Equality Duty on the benefit reforms] was fulfilled;… Continue reading

The government's benefit cap comes into force this week. Picture: Getty

A tale of two benefit cuts

15 April 2013 9:13

The first four pilots of the government’s £26,000 benefit cap for workless families launches today. While there’s a bit of debate today about the rights and wrongs of this particular… Continue reading

Defence Secretary Liam Fox Facing Inquiry Into Ministerial Conduct

Liam Fox shows David Cameron how to lead the Tories to a historic defeat

11 March 2013 15:27

I think it is fair to say that Dr Liam Fox has never been one of David Cameron’s chief chums. The former Defence Secretary has, as Paul Goodman notes, been… Continue reading

Tory MPs complained to the Prime Minister about the bedroom tax at a lunch. Picture: Getty

Tory MPs lobby David Cameron on the ‘bedroom tax’

4 March 2013 17:25

Liam Byrne launched Labour’s campaign on the ‘bedroom tax’ today, while Helen Goodman, who was the Labour minister responsible for the party’s own attempt at cutting the housing benefit bill… Continue reading

Damian McBride giving evidence to MPs this morning.

The ‘bedroom tax’ shows Downing Street does need a Damian McBride character

27 February 2013 13:14

MPs are debating that Cut With the Awkward Name, the Under-occupation of Social Housing: Housing Benefit Entitlement, also known by its opponents as the ‘bedroom tax’, this afternoon. I’ve already… Continue reading

David Cameron at PMQs

PMQs sketch: Ed Miliband vs David Cameron on the ‘bedroom tax’

6 February 2013 16:06

It was cynical. It was shameless. It was low-down politics in every way. But Miliband’s stunt at PMQs very nearly worked. His theme was the reform of housing benefit that… Continue reading

Ed Miliband at PMQs today

PMQs: Ed Miliband’s ‘bedroom tax’ attacks ignore the facts

6 February 2013 12:58

At a particularly unedifying PMQs today, one Labour MP even suggested that ministers need cognitive behavioural therapy. The cause of all this rancour: the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. Now, the ‘bedroom… Continue reading