'Bedroom tax' sparks call for housing stock re-think
A CARMARTHENSHIRE MP is urging the authority and housing associations to look at reclassifying their housing stock.
Jonathan Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, is calling on the county council and other housing operators to take legal advice to see what their options are.
He has made the call ahead of Government plans for a bedroom tax, due to be introduced in April 2013.
Mr Edwards led Plaid Cymru's opposition to the bedroom tax in last week's Plaid/SNP/Green opposition debate in Westminster, coming just 40 votes shy of defeating the Government.
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During that debate, Mr Edwards criticised Labour for making the issue a political dividing line between it and the UK Government, but failing to bring a vote on the matter to the House of Commons.
In letters to Carmarthenshire Council's executive board member for housing Tegwen Devichand and to the chief executives of five different housing associations, Mr Edwards said: "Public anger towards this toxic Tory policy is growing day by day.
"I've urged the county council and local housing associations to seriously consider, following the necessary legal advice, whether they are able to reclassify their housing stock to smaller properties in order to mitigate the effects of this proposal."