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    Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

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    Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by papa_umau on Tue 12 Nov 2013, 12:11 pm

    Bedroom Tax: MPs face crucial vote on hated Con-Dem policy.

    HERE are 25 good reasons for them to consign this appalling measure to history once and for all.

    1 It doesn’t work. If you are deemed to be a social tenant with a “spare” bedroom you have to move or pay. Most people can’t do either. Thousands of households are affected by the tax, but only a tiny number have been able to move. The rest have to find an average of £709 per year from their food and heating budget.

    2 It attacks the most vulnerable people in society. Of the 660,000 people affected, most live in the poorest parts of the country, and two-thirds are disabled.

    3 It has led to people taking their lives. Mother-of-two Stephanie Bottrill – who suffered a crippling illness – committed suicide after realising she couldn’t pay the Bedroom Tax.

    4 It is forcing families to resort to payday loans and loan sharks. As many as two thirds of tenants affected by the cut have not been able to pay rent since the policy came into effect. Meanwhile, across the country 50,000 people are facing eviction.

    5 Empty properties have increased by 29 per cent in some areas. There are entire streets empty in some areas because council tenants are afraid to move into larger homes.

    6 Around 375,000 children are affected by cuts that impact on daily essentials. Foodbank use has tripled since welfare changes came in.

    7 Making people homeless and will cost the country more. Emergency accommodation is by far and away the most expensive way to house people.

    8 Homes are not just bricks and mortar. Widow Julia Jones, 59, pleaded with David Cameron not to force her to move – her husband’s ashes are buried in her garden under rose bushes friends gave instead of wreaths.

    9 It is breaking down the social fabric of our country. Grandparents can no longer have their grandchildren to stay, single parents are losing children’s bedrooms, people who do informal care for disabled people are having to stop.

    10 Rent arrears have rocketed across the country. Councils are issuing mass summonses unseen since the Poll Tax. This one council issued a mass summons to 8000 people, criminalising thousands who had never been in rent arrears.

    11 It attacks families like the Heards. Danielle Heard, 22, has spent a lifetime battling multiple cancers – but now her family are being punished for needing a safety net.

    12 The solution is to build homes. A chronic lack of new social housing has led to an emergency the policy is doing nothing to solve. The Right to Buy scheme is not working.

    13 It is a form of social cleansing. It will see more and more social tenants dumped
    in areas where unemployment is rife.          

    14 The UN say they are taking a heavy toll on “the most vulnerable”. They recommend the tax should be abolished.

    15 The rooms are not always spare. A bedroom is not spare when carers sleep in it, when couples can’t share a bed for health reasons, or when it houses vital medical equipment.

    16 Disabled teens like Warren Todd could have to go into a care home, at a cost of £5000 a week. His grandparents will no longer be able to care for him.

    17 The fund to help affected families – Discretionary Housing Payment – is inadequate. And it is set to reduce by 33 per cent next year to just £100million.

    18 Victims are being ignored. David Cameron said he would look at individual hardship cases. Despite receiving thousands of letters, he has done nothing.

    19 It wastes council taxpayers’ money. Families are being asked to leave houses that have had thousands of pounds spent on adapting them for disabled people.

    20 It is unpopular. Most people believe the Bedroom Tax is unfair if there is a shortage of smaller properties.

    21 Housing Associations may have to demolish three-bedroom homes. Even Danny Alexander’s dad, a Scottish housing association chairman, calls it a “particularly unfair” measure.

    22 It’s against Article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as includes housing as part of the “right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of family”.

    23 Nick Clegg is involved. The infamous breaker of promises claims he’s going to hold a “review” into the Bedroom Tax – but the final report isn’t due until after the next election.

    24 The Bedroom Tax was never intended to free up larger homes. It is just a cynical attempt to cut the benefits bill.

    25 It was designed by Iain Duncan Smith as part of his welfare “reforms.” which are callous, pointless and are harmful to the most vulnerable people in society.

    Read more on this from the Online Scottish Daily Record HERE.




    Well folks, do you think that this might be the end of this cruel tax or are the Tory coalition going to get it through this vote today ?

    AND.... What do YOU want ?


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    The Result.

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 13 Nov 2013, 10:47 am

    Well folks you all will be in no doubt how the Liberal Democrats stand on this policy now !

    Sadly the Labour amendment to scrap the bedroom tax was lost by just a few votes while seven of the Scottish Liberal Democrats that are supporting the Tories voted for it and four did not even turn up for the vote after their recent Lib-Dem conference voted against the tax.

    Even the architect of the bedroom tax, Iain Duncan Smith, failed to turn up for the vote.

    We can easily blame the Tories for this wicked tax as that is de-rigueur for any Tory but we have to condemn, ( excuse the pun ), the Liberal Democrats for bolstering the Tories on this vote.

    Please remember this at the general election vote in 2015.


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    Re: Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 14 Nov 2013, 12:04 pm

    And another thing:

    Almost a quarter of Labour MPs failed to turn up for that vote yesterday.

    I mean, what the hell were they playing at when all Labour people were supposed to be against the bedroom tax ?

    If the Lib-Dems had voted for the amendment instead of helping to defeat it, and all of the Labour party voters had turned up and voted too, the emendment to scrap the hated bedroom tax would have been upheld and we would have got rid of this nonsensical taxation.

    I call them traitors to their causes; nothing else.
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    Re: Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Thu 14 Nov 2013, 1:22 pm

    Politicians have lost sight of the fact that we elect them to represent OUR interests, not their own.

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    Re: Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 12:57 pm

    As usual, your personal wisdom shines through HG.

    Why, I wonder, have the politicians lost this wisdom and the reasons why they were elected in the first place ?


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    Re: Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by Parliament.... on Sat 16 Nov 2013, 4:01 pm

    The bedroom tax is a nasty little P.R. stunt to get votes for the Tory's at the next G/E because they know there are mean minded people in our society, who will agree with what the Tory's are doing.

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    Re: Crucial vote on bedroom tax TODAY.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 17 Nov 2013, 12:13 pm

    You might be right there Ivanhoe, but can you imagine what kind of people would vote to have this iniquitous tax maintained ?

    I know who they would be: They would be the ones that own their own homes and that have never been forced into poor-quality rented housing.

    This is typical of the Tory idea of "I'm all right Jack - FU" - even if that phrase was first originated in a movie that was based on Communism.

    ( The hard right and the hard left extremes are equally as bad in my mind, and that is why they start to behave like each other at the extreme end of politics ).

    In other words; the ones that are OK and are safe in their affordably-mortgaged homes or their free and privileged homes do not give a damn for the ones that are being targetted by this vicious tax.

    I too am shocked as to why this bunch of Labour people failed to turn up for the vote. I cannot image what was going on in their minds when they did that.

    I do hope that they pay for this betrayal.


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