Cornwall Council will discuss the morality of the “bedroom tax” today as some members look to help affected residents.
A motion has been put forward to seek exemption from the Government for residents “for whom no smaller, suitable housing is available within their local community or whose homes have been adapted to meet their special needs”.
The spare room subsidy, dubbed the bedroom tax by opponents, was introduced in April 2013 and cuts the amount of benefit that people can get if they are considered to have a spare bedroom.
Sue James, Liberal Democrat member for St Just in Penwith, has put forward the motion to be discussed at the full council meeting from 10.30am today.
The motion asks councillors to note that “many people living in Cornwall have registered to ‘downsize’ but there are insufficient properties of appropriate sizes for them to be able to move to”.
The motion asks for an acknowledgement that “with the severe limitations to expenditure on social housing, it will take many years for significant progress to be made so affected claimants can be re-housed and that it is therefore immoral to place so severe a financial burden on those people currently affected”.
Mrs James wants the leader and the chief executive of Cornwall Council to write to Ian Duncan-Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and all the Cornish MPs, urging the Government to take action.