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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bedroom tax protection extended past March 2020

The new DfC minister Deirdre Hargey, announced earlier this week that she is saving Northern Ireland from the bedroom tax past it’s deadline of March 2020.

The measures will effectively have no end date and be at a cost of £23 million a year.

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The North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said Sinn Féin is effectively binning the bedroom tax in the north.

“I welcome the announcement from my party colleague and Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey of an extension to mitigations to the bedroom tax beyond March 2020.

“Sinn Féin fought for and secured a unique package of protections for people in the north and Minister Hargey has today extended those protections.

“This announcement by Deirdre Hargey means that the bedroom tax has been effectively binned protecting 38,000 households.

“The bedroom tax is an unfair and unjust Tory policy designed to punish the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

“Sinn Féin in government will work to protect those most in need and stand up for workers and families.”

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