Scottish Labour’s hypocrisy on the bedroom tax has today been condemned by the SNP, after a member of the Shadow Cabinet said that Labour would apply the punitive measure.

Senior Scottish Labour figures today demanded that the UK Government rethink the bedroom tax, which Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran described as a “cruel tax.”

However, almost simultaneously her fellow Shadow Cabinet Member Helen Goodman MP, who served in the Department of Work and Pensions in the last Labour administration, said in a TV interview that that “We’ve said that the bedroom tax should only apply if people have been offered a smaller place to live and turned it down” - completely undermining Scottish Labour’s campaign.

During a recent Westminster debate led by the SNP and Plaid Cymru - which called on the UK Government to abandon the bedroom tax - over 90% of Scottish MPs supported the motion, but the policy is still set to be imposed in Scotland.

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said:

“This is shameful hypocrisy from Labour.

“Labour say one thing in Scotland, and the opposite in London - where the decision to impose the Bedroom Tax was made.

“Time and time again, Labour have made half-hearted criticisms of welfare cuts, but Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has already said that Labour will make further cuts to the welfare budget if Labour wins in 2015.

“As long as decisions about welfare are made in Westminster, Scotland will continue to have unfair and damaging policies forced on it by governments that we didn’t vote for.  That is why Scotland needs to have the powers of independence, so that we can make decisions in and for Scotland."

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