The Bedroom tax, the UN investigator and Grant Shapps

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UN Housing investigator, Raquel Rolnik was branded a “loopy Brazilian leftie” by Conservatives after she said she was “shocked to hear how many people feel abused in their human rights by this decision and why – being so vulnerable – they should pay for the cost of the economic downturn, which was brought about by the financial crisis.”

Tory Chairman Grant Shapps, claimed that  Ms Rolnik’s investigation was politically biased … In response Ms Rolnik said: “I didn’t come here to investigate the ‘bedroom tax’. I came here as a normal country mission, to assess the situation. I came across the ‘bedroom tax’ when I was here, but I am an independent investigator.”

She went on to slam the ‘aggressive’ behaviour of the UK Government:

“It was the first time a government has been so aggressive. When I was in the USA, I had a constructive conversation with them accepting some things and arguing with others. They did not react like this.”

As a result of her preliminary investigations into the impact of the Bedroom Tax, she is calling for it to be suspended with immediate effect.  As she says in the interview below:

”If one life is lost because of these Reforms it is one too many

The UN aide also wants the Bedroom tax to be investigated fully, as the scheme was never piloted and already constitutes an assault on human rights.

UN aide defiant over bedroom tax

Raquel Rolnik said that she is open and receptive to as much evidence as possible as she continues her mission on Welfare Reforms in the UK over the next 3 months.  She can be contacted via Email address: srhousing@ohchr.org