Since the announcement of the reforms to the housing benefit system many of my constituents have come forward to express their grave misgivings regarding these changes.
In Fife,6261 working age housing benefit claimants in social sector housing stand to be affected by the changes to housing benefit policy: an equivalent of 36% of all Fife housing benefit claimants atan average of around £367 a year per household. The loss to this 36% will equate to approximately £2.3million.
I have personally raised the issue with Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and have now sent him a report that I have compiled illustrating how this cut will affect Fife and my constituency.
I told him that this ‘bedroom tax’ is “offensive, onerous, unfair, arbitrary and should be postponed”.
While I have been encouraged by the response of Fife Council, it is evident that consistent public pressure is required to force the Government to u-turn.
*Gordon Brown is MP for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency which includes Dalgety Bay