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Cumbernauld's MSP blasts Miliband over bedroom tax, saying only independence will end it

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 14:47 GMT on Friday, June 21st, 2013.

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Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn.

CUMBERNAULD MSP, Jamie Hepburn has reiterated previous calls from the Nationalists that only a Scottish split from the United Kingdom will end the under-occupancy charge. 

Dubbed as the bedroom tax, the initiative is part of the UK Government’s welfare reforms, which sees those with 1 extra bedroom they will be liable to pay 14% of their eligible rent, with a tenant who is assessed as having 2 or more extra bedrooms will be liable to pay 25% of their eligible rent.

Previously the Scottish National Party have said that only independence, following a yes vote in next year’s referendum will kill off the bedroom tax, with Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn now challenging the Labour Leader over his stance on the bedroom tax.

Mr Miliband had previously told the media that a Labour government after 2015 would not necessarily be able to reverse some of the UK Government’s decision, including the bedroom tax. Mr Hepburn has seized upon this lack of clarity to reiterate the Scottish Government’s argument that only a yes vote, next September, will deliver an end to the bedroom tax.


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Last week, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond reassured voters that the SNP would scrap the housing benefit reform policy in the first year of Scotland being a separate state from the United Kingdom.

Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld, and deputy convenor of the Welfare Reform Committee, at Holyrood told the Evening Times: "Voices within the Labour party are being ignored by the Labour leadership.

"Ed Miliband's glaring failure to match his words with any promise of action means it is clear that only a yes vote in next year's referendum can deliver the end of the bedroom tax.”


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