Wellingborough councillor Barbara Ainge stood down from the borough’s Conservative Party last week due to her concerns over the policy, which affects people in council and social housing whose homes are deemed to be under-occupied and who will have their housing benefit reduced unless they move to a smaller property.
Cllr Ainge, who will now act as an independent councillor, announced her intention to resign after the ruling Conservative group refused to adopt a motion put forward by the borough’s Labour councillors, which requested Wellingborough Homes and other social landlords or housing associations in the borough do not evict tenants for debts arising from the imposition of the “bedroom tax”.
Cllr Ainge, a retired midwife, said: “I can’t accept the Conservative policy on the so-called bedroom tax.
“It’s totally unfair and it discriminates against the vulnerable.
“People’s circumstances are so complicated that it just could not possibly work to the advantage of the community, and when the Labour group put forward a motion to ensure that people wouldn’t be evicted if they got into financial difficulties I didn’t have a second thought not to agree with them.