Bedroom tax: Over 1,200 Swansea tenants are in debt, MP claims
MORE than 1,200 Swansea tenants forced to pay the bedroom tax are in debt, a Swansea MP has claimed.
Swansea West MP Geraint Davies has confronted the UK Government about the controversial policy, introduced earlier this year, which sees benefits altered if tenants have vacant bedrooms.
Mr Davies has spoken out against the Government's bedroom tax which he says has left most Swansea families affected falling behind with their rent.
Speaking at Welsh questions in the House of Commons, Mr Davies highlighted the fact that of the 1,949 Swansea tenants forced to pay the bedroom tax,1,230 are in debt.
Mr Davies added that total debt for all tenants is up by £159,688.60, compared with last year.
Yesterday the Post reported that a mum who suffers from arthritis fears she will be the first person in Swansea to be evicted as a result of the bedroom tax.
Denice Ford, who lives in a property in Danygraig Road in Port Tennant, said: "It seems if I take in a lodger or friend I am doomed if I don't pay the bedroom tax."
Mr Davies challenged Welsh office minister, Stephen Crabb, to raise the issue with David Cameron.
He said: "Is the Minister aware that in Swansea two thirds of the thousands of people affected by the bedroom tax are now in arrears and that those arrears have doubled since April. Will he and the Secretary of State have an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to make the case for Wales, which is the worst affected area in the whole of Britain, with fewer smaller units and the poor being thrust into dire poverty and the arms of loan sharks?"