“Latest Lib Dem hypocrisy over the controversial Bedroom Tax will provide little comfort for the 1, 844 people who have fallen victim to it in Redcar and Cleveland” claims Anna Turley, Labour candidate Redcar.
The comments came following reports that Lib Dem president, Tim Farron, will withdraw his party's support for the bedroom tax.
“This latest intervention amounts to little more than a desperate party trying to distance itself from a policy they helped introduce – and have backed continuously in other votes – as they begin to realise the devastating impact it has on individuals as well as local communities.
“This Lib Dem flip-flopping – and it must be noted that elections are just around the corner - will not change that. It is insulting to local people if they think we will believe a word they say when all they have is a history of betrayal and propping up the Tories.
“The cruel Bedroom Tax continues to push families in Redcar – already facing a cost of living crisis - further into debt. For the vast majority of those affected, there is nowhere smaller to move to, hitting vulnerable people the most through no fault of their own.
“Under this government housing benefit bills are rising, not falling and the Bedroom Tax has forced thousands into rent arrears and to rely on food banks to survive.
“The Bedroom Tax is cruel and unfair and risks costing more than it saves. The Lib Dems voted to introduce and to keep it in place every time Labour tried to scrap it. This is pure Lib Dem hypocrisy and only a Labour government will scrap the Bedroom Tax.”