Minister hits out at the new bedroom tax

Rev Derek Pope
Rev Derek Pope

A Motherwell minister launched a scathing attack on the ‘bedroom tax’ at a crisis meeting staged by North Lanarkshire Trade Union Council.

At the GLO Centre, North Motherwell minister the Rev Derek Pope claimed the controversial measure risks destroying communities as people unable to afford their homes are driven from the area.

He said: “This Government policy will see the rich fall softly, and the poor man who falls from the kerb break into pieces.”

Meanwhile, Amanda Gallagher from North Lanarkshire Council said 19,000 people were already seeking support and the situation could cost the council an extra £3 million.

Unite’s Jack Ferguson believes this is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’, adding: ”They are cutting the money from housing to the poorest in society to fill the gap for the government.”

The meeting also heard that people who have asked for smaller accommodation are being told there’s none available, but are still expected to pay the extra demanded by the government.

NLTUC secretary Gillian Jones said: “This is about all of us needing, deserving and living in a fair and just society and looking for solutions in opposition to these draconian measures.”