AM Bethan Jenkins speaks out at Cardiff Against the Bedroom Tax rally
NEATH-BASED AM Bethan Jenkins is calling on people to join together to mitigate the effects of bedroom tax in the short term.
The South Wales West Assembly Member has already held a public meeting at Neath's Castle Hotel to discuss the issue.
Speaking at a Cardiff Against the Bedroom Tax rally, Miss Jenkins, said that tenants in her area were being forced into increasingly desperate situations as they try to make ends meet.
"Let's get real here, and think about the tenants who are affected by this tax for a minute, and how many cannot afford to live because the extra payments for their rooms, who are getting in to more debt as a result, and taking out payday loans to try and make ends meet," she said. "What do they say to the political fighting about whether it is called a 'spare room subsidy' or a 'bedroom tax' formally? What does it really matter?
"We have to stick together, and fight this tax. Let's talk to housing associations about what they are willing to do. Let's share best practice. Let's explore solutions like bringing motions forward on an Assembly level, like calling on the Welsh Government to explore partnerships with credit unions; or help create a joint-crisis fund for RSLs (registered social landlords) to pay into. There are options, there are ways forward."