Nov 222013

ed_m_bedroom_taxComments from St Albans’ Tory MP likening the bedroom tax to a fairy tale have provoked an angry response from local residents. Speaking in a debate organised by the opposition which culminated in a vote on whether to drop the highly controversial policy, Mrs Main left MPs bemused by saying “unicorns aren’t real, fairies aren’t real and the bedroom tax isn’t real”

The comments have provoked a furious reaction from local residents with some drawing unfavourable comparisons with Mrs Maine’s own expenses record. Local residents have joined Labour Parliamentary Candidate and former MP for St Albans Kerry Pollard in recording a short video on the policy, and are inviting residents to have their say on the bedroom tax by posting below;

Labour Parliamentary spokesperson for St Albans Kerry Pollard said;

“With hundreds of people locally feeling the effect of this policy, these comments are deeply misjudged. MPs had a chance to scrap this self defeating and destructive policy and they failed. While it continues families will struggle, pressure on housing stock continues, and in all likeliness housing benefit goes up as more people are housed in the private sector. It is shameful. The majority of people are opposed to this destructive and self defeating policy and its time the majority spoke up.”

If you think the Bedroom Tax is a reality, if you think its hurting communities and failing in its objectives, its time to say so. Please leave a reply below;



Jul 042013


We need more homes, in the right place and at the right place. That’s the simple message in this short video from the National Housing Federation.

  • In London the private rented sector has grown by more than 75% in the last decade and there are now more people living in private rented accommodation than there are in social housing.
  • The 800,000 private tenants in London pay their landlords over £13 billion every year and rents are rising far faster than inflation or pay – up 9% in 2012 alone.
  • The average rent in London is now £1,196 per month – more than the minimum wage (£990) and almost as much as the recommended “living wage” (£1,368).

We need homes for working people and those in need and a housing policy that works for ordinary people, not just the rich.

Take just a few minutes to watch the video, visit the Yes to Homes website and tell your local council that you want them to say yes to homes.