Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood has criticised the Government's bedroom tax in Parliament.
Speaking during an opposition day debate about the tax, she said it was affecting "thousands of disabled people, causing arrears and debt, and leaving vulnerable families in despair."
Nearly 5,000 households in Nottingham are affected by the bedroom tax, the majority of which are with Nottingham City Homes. Since the introduction of the bedroom tax, over 2000 tenants, living Nottingham City Homes properties have fallen into arrears totalling more than £250,000 and the organisation has been forced to spend an additional £300,000 on staff and resources to deal with the extra demands on rent arrears teams.
The Nottingham South MP told ministers that this money, totalling more than half a million pounds, "could and should have been spent on refurbishing or building new homes."
Lilian went on to say:
"The truth is that the Government knows that most people cannot afford to pay the bedroom tax.
"The Government is in utter denial about the impact of their cruel and iniquitous policy. Tory and Liberal Democrat Members arrogantly dismiss those who dare to highlight the damage that it is doing to the lives of our constituents. Well, if they will not do the right thing and scrap it, the next Labour Government will.”