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Punitive “Bedroom Tax” will make 1,000’s homeless - McCann

9 November, 2012 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast and housing spokesperson Fra McCann has expressed his concern that the Social Development minister insistence that there will be no six month delay in implementing the so called “Bedroom Tax” will leave 1,000’s homeless or destitute.

Speaking today Mr McCann said: 

“The announcement by Nelson McCausland raises serious concerns given that he has spoken previously of getting flexibilities in the delivery of Welfare Reform.

“It is clear from this announcement that the Minister will not being implementing any flexibility when it comes to this punitive measure.

“The so called “Bedroom Tax” will have a hugely negative impact locally given the lack of suitable housing stock and I have been on record on asking the minister how he would square that circle. To date he has not been able to answer this satisfactorily.

“Sinn Féin have pressed to establish an ad hoc committee to examine the human rights aspects of the Tory driven welfare reform bill . What is abundantly clear is that this measure will fundamentally affect peoples right to housing and has the potential to make 1,000’s homeless or destitute.”

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