Thursday, 5 September 2013

United Nations get tough on Unionist bedroom tax.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik flew into Glasgow today to investigate the London government's bedroom tax to see whether it has broken human rights laws.

Ms Rolnik ( pictured above) will investigate whether the Unionist's bedroom tax is flouting Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by penalising poor families for the size of their homes.

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie welcomed the UN’s examination of the "utterly inhumane and unjustifiable" tax.

Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran ( pictured below) said: "Raquel Rolnik also needs to look at what the Scottish Government could be doing to help people out".

This is despite Labour failing to fully back the SNP during the Opposition Vote against the tax in February. 44 Labour MPs were absent when the vote took place and the attempt to scrap the tax was defeated by 41 votes.

The Labour council in North Lanarkshire threatened a disabled woman with eviction for non payment of the bedroom tax but backed down when The Daily Record newspaper intervened.

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