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Tory Bedroom Tax Threat to OAPS

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Commenting on the news that a Tory MP said pensioners should no longer be exempt from paying the Bedroom Tax, SNP spokesperson for Work and Pensions Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said:

“The Tories are showing their true colours early in the New Year. Julian Brazier MP may have let the cat out of the bag that elderly people – who are exempt from paying the hated tax – are now in the Tories’ sights.

“What he fails to realise however, is many pensioners on low incomes want to downsize but can't because there are not enough smaller houses- and the bedroom tax has increased demand.

“George Osborne has already promised new, massive cuts of £25 billion – including £12 billion from welfare. Westminster just do not get how tough things are for many Scots already suffering from UK government cuts. We know most Scots want welfare decisions to be made in Scotland and this is yet another reason to vote Yes for Scottish independence.”

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