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NHF: We are delighted that peers have stood firm for common sense and fairness

David Orr, chief executive, National Housing Federation, on Lords vote to amend Bedroom Tax:

"Today's result is a victory for common sense and fairness. We are delighted that peers have stood firm and yet again voted to lessen the impact of the bedroom tax.

"Peers and MPs of all parties have voted to amend these proposals. They have been supported by tenants, social landlords and nearly 80 organisations concerned with housing, family issues and disability.

"Together, we have shown that it is simply unfair to penalise some of the most vulnerable families for under-occupying their homes when they have nowhere else to move.

"Given the level of opposition in the Commons and the Lords to these proposals, it was totally wrong for the Government to shut down discussion by claiming financial privilege.

"We urge the Government to listen to the clear message sent by peers by allowing this compromise to stand when the Bill returns to the Commons.

"For disabled people, war widows and foster carers, with nowhere else to go to, this could mean the difference between making ends meet and living in poverty."

Rob Szmigielski
Press Officer
National Housing Federation

Tel: 020 7067 1146
Fax: 020 7067 1018

rob.szmigielski@housing.org.uk

www.housing.org.uk

National Housing Federation
Lion Court, 25 Procter Street,
London WC1V 6NY

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