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Open letter to MPs on Welfare Reform; LETTERS.

DEAR Welsh Members of Parliament, on Tuesday the Welfare Reform Bill returns to the Commons and you will have the opportunity to accept an amendment that will make a difference to the lives of thousands of families in social housing across the country.

OF On February 14 Lords voted once again to limit the impact of the bedroom tax. Peers backed a much more modest amendment to the one that came back to the Commons last time.

Tabled by crossbencher Lord Best, it protects certain vulnerable groups including disabled people, war widows and those unable to work from the bedroom tax unless they turn down a suitable smaller flat.

The facts are stark. There are simply not enough smaller homes for every household hit by the bedroom tax.

Community Housing Cymru believe around 40,000 social tenants in Wales alone are 'under-occupying'' properties and with a backlog of unmet need already estimated at 248,000 until 2026 - there are simply not enough smaller properties for people to move into.

The lack of mobility is not a product of wanton under-occupation, but a log-jam created by a national shortage of affordable homes.

Please accept Lord Best's amendment on Tuesday. For some of the most vulnerable families in your constituency, your support could mean the difference between making ends meet and living in poverty.

Steve Jones BA Hons FCIH Chief Executive, Tai Ceredigion Cyf
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2012
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