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Impact of bedroom tax in Britain reinforces Sinn Féin’s position - Fra McCann

2 July, 2013 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann said a report by the British Housing Federation shows what impact the introduction of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ could have in the North.

The West Belfast MLA and party spokesperson on housing said:

“The report states that rent arrears have soared in some areas and houses in many estates in England are lying empty because people won’t move into them.

“Sinn Féin’s vow to block the bedroom tax at the Assembly has been proven to be the common sense option when we see the evidence emerging in Britain.

“At the Ard Fheis Martin McGuinness clearly stated Sinn Féin would employ a petition of concern if the bedroom tax was brought before the Assembly, effectively blocking it.

“The profile of housing in the North is completely different from the South/East of England where this model was designed and therefore the impact on local people could actually be even worse than what we are seeing currently in Britain.

“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.

“Sinn Féin have met with other political parties and many groups to build a consensus to deal with this and many other problems people will face as a result of proposed welfare cuts.”

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