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Minister needs to say he will not implement ‘bedroom tax’ – Sinn Féin MLA

28 March, 2013 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann said the recent release of a report into the potential impacts of the welfare cuts showed that under-occupancy (bedroom tax) could lead to people losing their homes. 

The West Belfast MLA and Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing said:

“The Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland in his response to the report spoke of the importance of this information but what we need to know is what he is going to do about under-occupancy. The minister knows that this will impact on those most in need and eventually lead to evictions.

“He also knows that if this was made law tomorrow it would be years before the right size of houses would become available for people.

“It is recognised that the legacy of the conflict also determines where people can and can not move. There are people who have already asked for a move to smaller accommodation but this can’t be facilitated because the properties do not exist.

“Nelson McCausland needs to spell out where he stands on this issue rather than say he is concerned. He needs to say that he is not going to implement under-occupancy which will see people losing their homes.”

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