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A Conservative MP has broken party ranks to demand a “root and branch” review of the Bedroom Tax.

Daniel Kawczynski wrote to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith warning some victims were being asked to cough up in “unjust” cases.

It comes as his party prepares for a £12billion assault on welfare , with early cuts set to be unveiled in next month’s Budget.

Mr Kawczynski said grassroots Tories in his constituency had called for a “magnanimous ­re-evaluation” of the Bedroom Tax, which slashes housing benefit by up to 25% for tenants with spare rooms.

The Shrewsbury and Atcham MP is ­“deeply worried” about the impact on broken families with single dads being forced to pay for rooms needed when their children stay at weekends.

Mr Kawczynski said: “The time has come to have a proper root and branch analysis of the policy as to what is working and what is not working.”

He added that he wanted to ensure “people who are genuinely very vulnerable and cannot
make the changes that have been required are not discriminated against”.

David Cameron’s former speech writer Clare Foges also called on the Prime Minister to abandon the tax – known to supporters as the spare room subsidy.

She urged him today: “Move on from the Bedroom Tax. It is not working as had been hoped
and will remain a fly in the One Nation ointment.”

Mr Kawczynski, however, stressed that he “still agreed with the principle as to why this legislation was introduced”.

The measure aimed to free up bigger homes for ­families. But many tenants could not downsize due to a lack of smaller homes.

They instead found themselves struggling to pay rent, fuelling a rise in demand for foodbanks.