A copy of a letter sent to Wigan Evening Post 25/02/2013 for publication :-
In September 2012, I started a campaign to stop the abolition of Disability Living Allowance, as reported in the WEP. The petition I launched has so far collected over 33,000 signatures of support and continues to grow - http://epetitions.direct.gov.
Recently, the Labour Party have adopted a policy of a "Mansion Tax" on properties valued at more than £2 millions which is estimated could raise up to £2 Billions PA in tax revenues. Labour say they want to use this tax to introduce a new rate of income tax of 10pence in the pound, which they originally abolished, admitting now it was a mistake.
This gimmick by Labour is outdated, as even the Lib Dems will achieve a tax free amount of £10,000 PA for all earners, including the low paid. Clearly, paying no tax is better than a 10pence rate of tax for the low paid. I believe a larger tax free amount for the low paid can be achieved by raising the top rate of tax for higher earners.
In our country, we try to look after and protect our pensioners from savage cuts and austerity and quite right too. However, a mark of a compassionate and progressive society is that we try to look after our sick, ill and disabled. The sick, ill and disabled have not been exempt from savage cuts causing more ill health or even "speeded death" because of poverty. The costs of living with disability are much greater.
For these reasons, unlike Labour, I believe the proceeds of a "Mansion Tax" should be used to protect the sick, ill and disabled in the UK. If your readers agree they can sign my petition at "Mansion Tax for Disabled People" - http://epetitions.direct.gov.
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party"