The bedroom tax undermines the coalition governments' own policy to lift the century-long ban on residents of UK social housing starting businesses in their homes. Far from getting people working, this tax removes this option for some of the most deprived members of our society. One sector of home-based workers - foster carers - has been granted immunity from this harsh cut. It is time for George Osborne to extend this exemption to all home-based working residents of social housing.
- Chancellor of the Exchequer
George Osborne MP
Please exempt home-based working social tenants from the bedroom tax. Unemployment runs at twice the national level amongst residents of UK social housing. The coalition government's policy to lift the ban on social tenants starting businesses in their own homes has started to address this. But it is undermined by the bedroom tax which removes the space some of the most deprived members of our society use for home-based work.
Exempt them now!
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