Petition backs abuse victims

Preston MP Mark Hendrick
Preston MP Mark Hendrick
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Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called for bedroom tax to be scrapped for abuse victims.

He has signed an e-petition which calls for the Government to make exemptions for victims of domestic abuse or violence from the Spare Room Subsidy, if they have had a police assessment or have a safe room in the property.

It highlights that many victims are unable to work due to the effect on their health and sometimes due to having to move homes for their safety.

Mr Hendrick said: “Victims of Domestic Violence are already suffering considerable distress and upheaval in their lives before the Government hits them again with a bedroom tax.

“It’s unfair and inhumane and I urge the Government to end the bedroom tax for the most vulnerable in our society.”

The online petition has so far attracted 210 signatures. If a petition gets over 100,000 signatures, then it can be considered for debate in the House of Commons. It must first successfully pass through the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee before a parliamentary debate.