A quarter of the people affected by David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax are single mums and single dads – Liam Byrne press notice

Liam Byrne has just issued a press release revealing figures buried in the detail of the Government’s Bedroom Tax Impact Assessment show a quarter of the people affected by David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax are single mums and single dads.

It is now clear that of the £480 million it raises, £100 million comes from the pockets of some of the poorest single mums and single dads in Britain, struggling to raise kids on their own.

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:

“David Cameron promised to stand up for the family raisers but his Bedroom Tax is a £100million tax bombshell for single mums and dads whilst 13,000 millionaires get a £3 billion tax cut. These aren’t tough choices – they’re the wrong choices.

“The bedroom tax has now been utterly exposed as a chaotic disaster, but it’s not too late for the Prime Minister to do the decent thing, admit he has got this wrong and think again.”

1. Buried in the detail of the Government’s Bedroom Tax Impact Assessment are figures which show that out of the 660,000 people affected, 150,000 (23 per cent) are lone parents under 60.

The average amount taken from them per week is £13, which amounts to £676 a year. Overall, this means a £100 million tax bombshell on some of Britain’s poorest lone parents.

(Source: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/social-sector-housing-under-occupation-wr2011-ia.pdf)

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