UK’s Labour vows to scrap bedroom tax

British Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to abolish the controversial “bedroom tax” if his party wins the country™s next general election in 2015.

In an announcement at the start of Labour party™s annual conference in Brighton on Saturday, Miliband promised to reverse the Coalition government™s under-occupancy charge in order to end “hardship and unfairness for so many families” in the UK.

The “bedroom tax” was introduced in April as part of the British government’s changes to the country’s welfare system. It refers to a cut in housing benefit for claimants whose home has a spare room.

Miliband believes the £470 million expected to be saved by the Tory-led government™s welfare reforms could be covered by closing “shady” tax loopholes that are used by hedge funds.

“Under [British Prime Minister] David Cameron life is getting harder and harder with prices rising faster than wages…and working people are an average of almost £1,500 a year worse off under his Government,” he said.

Earlier in August, thousands of Britons took part in a “mass sleep out” in towns and cities across the UK and called on the government to axe the controversial housing benefit reform known as the spare room subsidy.

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