Winchester's current Conservative MP voted against Liberal Democrat reforms to the Bedroom Tax.
The Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.
"This is good news for those who have been affected by the bedroom tax," commented Prospective Lib Dem MP Jackie Porter. "Since it was introduced, it has been clear to people on the ground that the bedroom tax doesn't work. I voted to make reforming the Bedroom Tax Liberal Democrat policy last September, if I had been in parliament today I would have voted for these changes to become law."
Under the proposals, which were passed today in the House of Commons, existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.
Our plans mean that any financial penalty would go to the housing provider rather than the individual claimant. The new system would incentivise social landlords to reduce the number of tenants under-occupying their homes, freeing up bigger properties for larger families.
The proposed changes to the policy have been supported by a number of organisations including Shelter, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Crisis, Oxfam and the Disability Benefits Consortium.