We can stop 'bedroom tax', just like we stopped poll tax - Paul Spooner
THE ConDem Government’s bedroom tax, which is due to be implemented in April, is a further shameful attack on the most vulnerable people in the country in response to the financial crisis created by the banks and financial institutions.
Instead of making those responsible for this crisis pay for it they rob the poor to pay the rich.
More than 5,500 house-holds in this city alone will be hit: individuals, families, children, older people, disabled people, all will suffer from this “poll tax” on the poor.
People will have to decide whether to move or cut back on necessities such as food, heating, etc.
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There are insufficient numbers of one-bedroom properties in Hull, meaning the majority of people cannot move even if they want to, resulting in being unfairly penalised.
The opinion of this Government and their apologists on the right and in the media that it is just redressing the imbalance in the housing market and that the cost of housing benefit cannot be sustained beggars belief.
On an average rent of £75 a week in a social tenancy, tenants will have to find £10.50 a week for having one spare room, £18.75 if they have two or more.
The bedroom tax will lead to an increase in overall levels of poverty in the city and an increase in the levels of debt.
It is also likely the bedroom tax will increase demand for food banks.
The bedroom tax will lead to increased levels of homelessness as tenants struggle to make rent payments.
Benefit claimants are going to be hit with a double whammy through changes to council tax benefit being introduced at the same time.
All in it together? Not if you’re a banker or millionaire.
We must fight this unjust tax and every other attack of this millionaire’s government on the people.
The welfare state, NHS and other lifelines were not given by a benevolent government, they were fought for by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Don’t let their struggle have been in vain, we fight in their memory, against a greedy, uncaring and ideologically driven government backed by big business.
The poll tax was defeated by a mass organised campaign, so can the bedroom tax.
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