Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton welcomes party’s ‘bedroom tax’ U-turn

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

A HAMPSHIRE Liberal Democrat MP has welcomed his party leader’s surprise U-turn on the controversial ‘bedroom tax’.

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton – a fierce critic of the measure – said he was delighted that Nick Clegg had announced the rethink.

Mr Thornton said: “I’m delighted the Liberal Democrats have listened to the evidence and are fighting for a fairer system.

“The changes were brought in with good intentions – but it is clear that they are not working and vulnerable people are being unfairly penalised by the changes.”

However, Mr Thornton declined to say whether he would like to see the bedroom tax axed in its current form as soon as a vote in September.

Labour has vowed to force a Commons vote to reverse the painful housing benefit cuts, which have forced hundreds of Southampton families into arrears.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that less than one per cent of Southamp-ton tenants hit by the bedroom tax had moved to a smaller home – just 13 of 1,444 households in the city. In addition, 243 tenants had been plunged into arrears.

But the Tories insisted that there would be no changes, which means that benefit cuts of 14 per cent (for one extra bedroom) and 25 per cent (where there are two) will continue, in social housing.

The coalition Govern-ment introduced the controversial “spare room subsidy” to force under-occupying households to move to free up larger homes for families living in cramped conditions, as well as saving £465m.

Rachel Reeves, Labour’s work and pension spokeswoman, said: “Labour will look to call a vote in Parliament. The Lib Dems could cancel this cruel policy now by voting with Labour.”

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12:41pm Sat 26 Jul 14

southy says...

To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election
To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election southy
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election
It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant.

Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'.

Know anyone like that?

Come on St Peter, do your bit.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election[/p][/quote]It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant. Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'. Know anyone like that? Come on St Peter, do your bit. Shoong
  • Score: 12

3:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Tony Blair's Accountant says...

If you're so worried about people living in cramped conditions may I suggest you stop flooding the country with millions of new people?
If you're so worried about people living in cramped conditions may I suggest you stop flooding the country with millions of new people? Tony Blair's Accountant
  • Score: 17

4:39pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Saintly Sam says...

southy wrote:
To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election
Totally agree, the Lib Dems know they will be seen as Tory lackeys at the next election and are trying to show themselves as a more caring party, too little too late, Clegg, for your desire for a sniff of power your party will be decimated at the next election, good riddance to bad rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election[/p][/quote]Totally agree, the Lib Dems know they will be seen as Tory lackeys at the next election and are trying to show themselves as a more caring party, too little too late, Clegg, for your desire for a sniff of power your party will be decimated at the next election, good riddance to bad rubbish. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 9

5:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Who is going to be stupid enough to trust highly opportunist and unprincipled Lib-Dem party and it's leading lights, who will say whatever sounds good before the elections to get votes but 'IF' elected will do the complete opposite?

People should remember Lib-Dem's track record, since last general elections. Most of what they'd pledged in their Manifesto was ditched within days, for the sake of ministerial limos very high salaries and enormous perks.

They were going to abolish higher education fees, but in fact increased those. They pretended to be guardians of NHS, but participated in decisions to privatise large parts. Amongst many other attacks upon vulnerable groups like disabled people these monsters along with their Tory masters are in fact responsible for introducing the 'Bed Room Tax',

As nobody with even minimum amount of common sense will trust the cowboy plumber who overcharged for shoddy repair to pipes that didn't last but flooded the house, people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole.
Who is going to be stupid enough to trust highly opportunist and unprincipled Lib-Dem party and it's leading lights, who will say whatever sounds good before the elections to get votes but 'IF' elected will do the complete opposite? People should remember Lib-Dem's track record, since last general elections. Most of what they'd pledged in their Manifesto was ditched within days, for the sake of ministerial limos very high salaries and enormous perks. They were going to abolish higher education fees, but in fact increased those. They pretended to be guardians of NHS, but participated in decisions to privatise large parts. Amongst many other attacks upon vulnerable groups like disabled people these monsters along with their Tory masters are in fact responsible for introducing the 'Bed Room Tax', As nobody with even minimum amount of common sense will trust the cowboy plumber who overcharged for shoddy repair to pipes that didn't last but flooded the house, people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 10

6:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

waltons11 says...

I think this is a good idea for people on benefits who just want to stay in a larger house, but it should be taken into account that many people need a spare room for a carer to provide respite etc. There should be a separate ruling for those on DLA as they do very often need more space. For people who have been on income support or jobseekers for more than 2 years it should still stay in force unless they have very good reasons and can prove it necessary. Some people in this category just do not want to work and want to get the most out of benefits that they can. Make them do community work if they won't look for paid work.
I think this is a good idea for people on benefits who just want to stay in a larger house, but it should be taken into account that many people need a spare room for a carer to provide respite etc. There should be a separate ruling for those on DLA as they do very often need more space. For people who have been on income support or jobseekers for more than 2 years it should still stay in force unless they have very good reasons and can prove it necessary. Some people in this category just do not want to work and want to get the most out of benefits that they can. Make them do community work if they won't look for paid work. waltons11
  • Score: -8

8:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Torchie1 says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Who is going to be stupid enough to trust highly opportunist and unprincipled Lib-Dem party and it's leading lights, who will say whatever sounds good before the elections to get votes but 'IF' elected will do the complete opposite?

People should remember Lib-Dem's track record, since last general elections. Most of what they'd pledged in their Manifesto was ditched within days, for the sake of ministerial limos very high salaries and enormous perks.

They were going to abolish higher education fees, but in fact increased those. They pretended to be guardians of NHS, but participated in decisions to privatise large parts. Amongst many other attacks upon vulnerable groups like disabled people these monsters along with their Tory masters are in fact responsible for introducing the 'Bed Room Tax',

As nobody with even minimum amount of common sense will trust the cowboy plumber who overcharged for shoddy repair to pipes that didn't last but flooded the house, people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole.
"people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole." How quickly you've forgotten that Gordon Brown tried to make bedroom eyes at the Lib-Dems to hang on to some sort of power even if it meant a coalition.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Who is going to be stupid enough to trust highly opportunist and unprincipled Lib-Dem party and it's leading lights, who will say whatever sounds good before the elections to get votes but 'IF' elected will do the complete opposite? People should remember Lib-Dem's track record, since last general elections. Most of what they'd pledged in their Manifesto was ditched within days, for the sake of ministerial limos very high salaries and enormous perks. They were going to abolish higher education fees, but in fact increased those. They pretended to be guardians of NHS, but participated in decisions to privatise large parts. Amongst many other attacks upon vulnerable groups like disabled people these monsters along with their Tory masters are in fact responsible for introducing the 'Bed Room Tax', As nobody with even minimum amount of common sense will trust the cowboy plumber who overcharged for shoddy repair to pipes that didn't last but flooded the house, people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole.[/p][/quote]"people should not be touching political prostitutes, who will jump in bed with whoever offers them share of power, even with a barge pole." How quickly you've forgotten that Gordon Brown tried to make bedroom eyes at the Lib-Dems to hang on to some sort of power even if it meant a coalition. Torchie1
  • Score: 1

10:45pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sotonboy84 says...

waltons11 wrote:
I think this is a good idea for people on benefits who just want to stay in a larger house, but it should be taken into account that many people need a spare room for a carer to provide respite etc. There should be a separate ruling for those on DLA as they do very often need more space. For people who have been on income support or jobseekers for more than 2 years it should still stay in force unless they have very good reasons and can prove it necessary. Some people in this category just do not want to work and want to get the most out of benefits that they can. Make them do community work if they won't look for paid work.
Why should it be any different for those on DLA or not? Those on DLA get money to help with the extra costs of being disabled, not a bonus.
[quote][p][bold]waltons11[/bold] wrote: I think this is a good idea for people on benefits who just want to stay in a larger house, but it should be taken into account that many people need a spare room for a carer to provide respite etc. There should be a separate ruling for those on DLA as they do very often need more space. For people who have been on income support or jobseekers for more than 2 years it should still stay in force unless they have very good reasons and can prove it necessary. Some people in this category just do not want to work and want to get the most out of benefits that they can. Make them do community work if they won't look for paid work.[/p][/quote]Why should it be any different for those on DLA or not? Those on DLA get money to help with the extra costs of being disabled, not a bonus. sotonboy84
  • Score: 0

10:16am Sun 27 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Keep it going !!! All these council houses with 1 couple living in a 3 bedroom house even 2 bedrooms is too much they don't own the accommodation they just rent it so its not theirs for life but until they stop the influx from over seas things will get no better
Keep it going !!! All these council houses with 1 couple living in a 3 bedroom house even 2 bedrooms is too much they don't own the accommodation they just rent it so its not theirs for life but until they stop the influx from over seas things will get no better mickey01
  • Score: 0

10:52am Sun 27 Jul 14

bigfra42 says...

Waltons 11 where is these so called paid jobs? Most are zero hours contracts 4 or 8 hour contracts at minimum wage. Any decent paid jobs now have 500 appliciants to one job.and where is the properties to downsize to?
Waltons 11 where is these so called paid jobs? Most are zero hours contracts 4 or 8 hour contracts at minimum wage. Any decent paid jobs now have 500 appliciants to one job.and where is the properties to downsize to? bigfra42
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Sun 27 Jul 14

southy says...

Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election
It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant.

Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'.

Know anyone like that?

Come on St Peter, do your bit.
Still trying to give a false impression Shoong like all ways, there are no 2 spare bed rooms and accorden to the Bed Room Tax rules the smallest room do not count as a bed room its smaller than there guidelines and the other room do have some one using it, I do not live here alone.
So stop sermising and trying to stire up trouble, like I told you before it don't work to many people in this area knows better.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election[/p][/quote]It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant. Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'. Know anyone like that? Come on St Peter, do your bit.[/p][/quote]Still trying to give a false impression Shoong like all ways, there are no 2 spare bed rooms and accorden to the Bed Room Tax rules the smallest room do not count as a bed room its smaller than there guidelines and the other room do have some one using it, I do not live here alone. So stop sermising and trying to stire up trouble, like I told you before it don't work to many people in this area knows better. southy
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Shoong wrote:
southy wrote:
To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election
It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant.

Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'.

Know anyone like that?

Come on St Peter, do your bit.
Still trying to give a false impression Shoong like all ways, there are no 2 spare bed rooms and accorden to the Bed Room Tax rules the smallest room do not count as a bed room its smaller than there guidelines and the other room do have some one using it, I do not live here alone.
So stop sermising and trying to stire up trouble, like I told you before it don't work to many people in this area knows better.
I doubt that.

Your morale crusade falls flat on it's face because you don't have any problem playing the system you protest against so much.

I think you're lying anyway - you do that a lot.

Many people in your area definitely know that.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: To late now, this should of been right at the beginning not now that it's less than a year away from the General Election[/p][/quote]It's a good job that you own your own ex-council house then with those 2 spare bedrooms and you being a single occupant. Perhaps you could offer those rooms for cheap rent for anyone who now finds themselves homeless thanks to the 'bedroom tax'. Know anyone like that? Come on St Peter, do your bit.[/p][/quote]Still trying to give a false impression Shoong like all ways, there are no 2 spare bed rooms and accorden to the Bed Room Tax rules the smallest room do not count as a bed room its smaller than there guidelines and the other room do have some one using it, I do not live here alone. So stop sermising and trying to stire up trouble, like I told you before it don't work to many people in this area knows better.[/p][/quote]I doubt that. Your morale crusade falls flat on it's face because you don't have any problem playing the system you protest against so much. I think you're lying anyway - you do that a lot. Many people in your area definitely know that. Shoong
  • Score: 3

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