Originally Posted by mucgoo
They inherited the worst recession since the great depression. Not a single western country has avoided a decline in living standards.
And I don't recall any branding as scum of any group.
Its not a bedroom tax rather a charge for couple who's children have left who are enjoying living in government subsidized three or four bedroom houses. Seems perfectly reasonable. If it was being levied on owner-occupiers who had spare room in some move to lower house price (I wish) then it would be a tax.
I agree on the first two.
Call it a tax or a charge it still amounts to the same thing (people who don't have it OR have any other place to go have to pay)
And it don't just effect people people in three of four bedroom council properties and its not just for "couples who's children have left who are enjoying living in government subsidized homes.
You have to realise that for years their has been a shortage of these houses and flats,
Councils have been giving single people 2 bed room properties because they just don't have 1 bed properties to give (still the case even now and yes these people have to pay)
Same as the single dad or mum who has the kids of a weekend so needs the room/rooms.
This also includes people who were given accommodation under a medical award stating the amount of bedrooms they need ( in other words the only properties they could ever be offered could now classed as under occupied)
Government says this "Tax" will save 500m a year
They force a single person (evict because of being in arrears) out of a 2 bed costing £65 a week into a private place were he/she can claim £85 a week, how does that save money?
The only way the government will save any money is if people refuse to leave and what choice do they have if their is no other place to go.