UN call to abolish Bedroom tax welcome - McCann
Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on housing said the findings by
Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing, has vindicated Sinn
Féin's position on the Bedroom Tax
Speaking today Mr McCann said:
Féin have from the outset stated that the current Tory driven welfare
cuts are not about streamlining the welfare system but designed to make
stringent cuts. Those primarily affected by these cuts are the most
vulnerable in our society.
“The findings by Raquel Rolnik, the UN
Special Rapporteur on Housing, have shown further evidence of the
grossly negative impact these cuts will have on the most vulnerable in
“Ms Rolnik’s assertion that the Bedroom Tax could
constitute a breach in human rights in several ways and that it should
be abolished is welcome yet not surprising given the effects that the
roll out of such a tax would have in the North.
“We in Sinn Féin
have said that if this is introduced in the North it will devastate many
communities. This tax is wrong as it hits at those most in need.
the 2013 Ard Fheis Martin McGuinness stated that if the Bedroom Tax
were brought before the Assembly Sinn Féin would move to block the tax.
British government must now take these finding on board and act to
ensure that those who are most vulnerable in our society receive the
assistance and protection that they need.”