Sunday 22 september 2013
The Labour Party have said if they win the general election they will abolish the bedroom tax. Of course, I fully support this.
However, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering because of the bedroom tax now. A few were in such despair they felt they had no choice but to commit suicide.
Even though this vicious government introduced this policy there is a lot that can be done by local councils to, significantly reduce and remove the effects of the bedroom tax on its victims and
could be done today.
Examples of what every local Council, no matter what colour they are of what CAN be done NOW :-
Each Council could have guaranteed that no-one affected by the Bedroom Tax be evicted.
Each Council could have bent the rules for bedroom tax victims and reclassify all its properties to reduce the number of spare rooms. Whats good for rich Tax Avoiders is good for poor bedroom tax
victims as far as I am concerned.
Each Council could have reduced rents because lower rents means lower bedroom tax.
Each Council could have found extra money to top up government subsidy to ensure all bedroom tax victims were not affected.
I will give credit to JUST TWO Councils in the whole of the UK who have acted.
Leeds Council controlled by Labour reclassified their properties, ignored a threat by Lord Freud and reimbursed all its bedroom tax victims.
Then, why oh why, if Labour are so upset by the effects of the bedroom tax on its victims then why have the hundreds of Labour controlled councils done absolutely nothing to help its victims and
why have they not followed the example of their own Leeds City Council ?
Brighton Council, the one and only Council controlled by the Green Party gave a public guarantee that no-one will be evicted from their home as a result of the Bedroom Tax.
I welcome Labour's declaration that they will abolish the bedroom tax if elected in 2015, but you have to ask the question -
IS THE LACK OF ACTION/HELP FROM THE HUNDREDS OF LABOUR COUNCILS BECAUSE THEY WANT BEDROOM TAX VICTIMS TO VOTE AT THE GENERAL ELECTION IN 2015 ?
It seems it to me and as so many people are suffering NOW when so much can be done to help NOW I find this morally reprehensible.
Just to let you know I am a fully qualified Homelessness Assessment Officer and Supported Housing Officer. - Mike
By - https://www.facebook.com/MouldingMichael