At this month’s meeting of the City Council, I moved a resolution calling on the Government to abolish the Bedroom Tax and setting out the steps we are taking, here in Birmingham, to deal with the effects of this pernicious measure.
The resolution, which you can read by clicking here, received the unanimous support of all Labour Councillors. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats chose not to register a vote.
You can watch the full debate by following this link. If you, a friend or family member are affected by Bedroom Tax or any of the other welfare changes, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/welfarereform or drop me a line via the Contact Me page.
On Tuesday I appeared before the Council’s Social Cohesion and Community Safety Scrutiny Committee to take questions on the work I’ve been doing as a member of the City Council’s Cabinet.
Despite being interrupted by a fire alarm during the middle of proceedings and having to evacuate the Council House for a short period, we managed to cover a wide range of topics, including the city’s Social Inclusion Process, the impact of welfare reform and how we can hand more power and control to local communities.
The meeting was live streamed on the internet and you can view a recording by clicking here.
The Bedroom Tax comes into effect on 1 April, one of a series of ill-thought out welfare “reforms” that will affect many hard pressed families in Shard End Ward.
There are over 9,000 households living in Birmingham City Council properties who will be directly affected and a further 5,500 who are tenants of housing association properties. Over 400 of these households can be found in Shard End Ward – one of the highest concentrations in the city.
I recently gave an interview setting out the impact that Bedroom Tax will have on people living in our community and the kind of work the City Council is doing to try and support them. You can view it by clicking on the image below.
For more information about the impending welfare changes and how they might affect you or someone you know, please click here.