Hitting out at bedroom tax
2:54pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in Letters
I absolutely agree with the comments of Carl Cuss about the proposed ‘bedroom tax’ due to be implemented in April 2013.
This has to be the most unfair attack on vulnerable people since the Poll Tax back in the 1980s. Indeed I believe it will turn out to be David Cameron’s equivalent as he faces up to widespread non-payment and civil unrest. The fact is Job Seekers Allowance is only £71 p/w. So any unemployed (or sick) person of working age who is also in receipt of housing benefit and living in a two bedroom flat will be forced to pay a tax of around £14 p/w (or 20 per cent of their entire meagre income.) In most cases these people are part of a broken relationship and the spare room is used to let children stay over once or twice a week. Also the disabled often have a spare room where they keep equipment designed to help them either get around or live an independent life.
But all this is seen as ‘luxurious lifestyles’ by the likes of millionaires George Osborne and David Cameron who at the same time they are introducing this punitive tax are themselves collecting a nice little tax break.
Anthony Williams, Newport