Wythenshawe MP, Mike Kane has called on his rival candidates in the general election to unite to oppose the bedroom tax.
The Labour MP has made the call after revealing that 3038 tenants in the Wythenshawe and Sale East constituency face the controversial levy – more than in any other constituency in the UK.
The charge is levied against anyone living in social housing who is deemed to have one or more ‘spare’ bedrooms.
Now Mr Kane has challenged all election candidates to publicly oppose the charge in the run-up to the general and local elections on May 7.
He said: “The bedroom tax is a deeply flawed scheme that unfairly penalises tenants in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
“Those tenants in the social sector deemed to have a ‘spare’ room face a typical levy of around £700 a year. And the cruellest irony of all, is that even when tenants want to avoid the charge by moving, there aren’t any smaller properties for them to move in to.
“We now know that more tenants across Wythenshawe and Sale East are being charged the bedroom tax than in any other constituency across the country.
“And that’s why I am challenging anyone who stands for election here – in the general or local elections – to speak out against this unfair tax.
“We quite simply owe it to the people of Wythenshawe and Sale East to do what we can to end an injustice that has trapped too many families in our community in an impossible position.”