Bedroom Tax

It has emerged that as of August 2014, 1,531 families in the Jarrow Constituency were paying the Bedroom Tax according to Department of Work and Pensions statistics. The figure is almost 3,000 across South Tyneside. 

The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers.

In April 2013, just before the Bedroom Tax was introduced, there were already 4,679 households on the council housing waiting list for South Tyneside local authority, of whom 2,680 required one bedroom flats.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

 “Time and time again, the Tories and Lib Dems voted in favour of the Bedroom Tax and the outcome is vulnerable people, struggling to make ends meet, subjected to this wicked tax. 

“The Bedroom Tax will cost thousands of people in my constituency if the Tories win again. At the moment, over 1,500 people are paying, but at least many more will be caught if the Tories win again. Labour has pledged to abolish the Bedroom Tax and only a Labour government will do this.

“The next Labour government will get rid of the Bedroom Tax and the May 7th General Election cannot come quick enough!” 

Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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