Anti-’bedroom tax’ campaigners have backed United Nations boss Raquel Rolnik, who published a damning report of the coalition’s housing policy.
Colin Hampton, chairman of Chesterfield UNITE, said he supports UN investigator Rolnik’s claims that the policy breaches human rights to housing and should be immediately suspended.
He said: “I think the government should be far more responsive to independent reports about the their policies, particularly in the light of human rights abuses.
“It is their job to listen and to accept critiques.”
Chris Rigley, 57, who lives alone in Inkersall has been forced to pay £136 a month to stay in his three-bedroomed house since the policy was introduced in April.
He said: “I have bipolar and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which means I find it difficult to walk more than five metres wthout stopping.
“I have two grown up children, and so this is very much our family home. And it’s not just a case of moving into a property. It’s about living in a community where I feel secure.”
He added: “I welcome the UN inspection in the UK. I don’t think it is something we should be above as a country. She has seen how we are treating our weakest and most vulnerable members.”