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Cameron and Clegg face councillors' revolt over bedroom tax

Labour calls on councils to vote in opposition to bedroom tax, introduced Monday

Labour today calls on Lib Dem and Tory councillors to join in opposition to the bedroom tax, and in support of hundreds of thousands of families hit since it was introduced on Monday.

Motions opposing the bedroom tax are being tabled by Labour in councils around England, in a move that could see a councillors' revolt against Cameron and Clegg.

Across the country, Lib Dem and Tory councillors will be asked by their Labour colleagues to put party differences aside and join Labour in standing up for their constituents. 

On Monday, Freedom of Information figures released by Labour showed that councils will be unable to help 19 out of 20 families hit by the bedroom tax, which is biting across rural and urban councils regardless, of their political control.

Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Local Government Secretary, said:

"We are saying to Lib Dems and other councillors who care about their constituents, look at the damage the bedroom tax will cause and let's stand up against this unfair policy which has not been properly thought-out.

"It's hard to imagine that Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors would want to stand silently by as hundreds of thousands of their own constituents, two thirds of them disabled, are hit by the bedroom tax imposed by their leaders in Westminster.  

"It's time for them to speak out and join Labour's opposition to this tax on the most vulnerable - at a time when millionaires are getting a whopping tax cut. They can stand up for the people they represent by standing up to David Cameron. The public will judge politicians who choose to remain silent in the face of this injustice."


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