'Issue of welfare reforms could be as big as poll tax'
WELFARE reforms could end up becoming as big an issue as the poll tax, according to city council leader Steve Brady.
He said: "We are going to be in for a very tough time.
"I believe we will see the effects of the bedroom tax and the changes to council tax being felt across the city and it will be comparable with the poll tax.
"There will definitely be an increase in homelessness and the challenges facing low-income households are going to be enormous.
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"Many people will face the problem of paying their rent, paying their council tax and paying their heating bills when we all know they are going through the roof.
"It is not about the feckless who need to come into the real world as certain Government ministers would have us believe.
"It's going to have an impact in every street in the city. We have seen the number of people becoming unemployed because of all the shops and factories closing.
"All these people will be facing these problems through no fault of their own."