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Lib Dems: councils ‘punished residents’ on purpose with Bed Tax

Nick Clegg Bedroom Tax

You’ll need to brace yourself for the latest Lib Dem wheeze as they attempt to back away from the Bedroom Tax in time for May 2015. Are you ready?

In a page posted to their national party website earlier, Labour councils are accused of deliberately botching the implementation of the Bedroom Tax in order to make them look bad!

“many Labour councils chose to punish their residents to score political points”

So there was no problem with the policy, but opposition councillors conspired to screw over the disabled and other vulnerable people in their own boroughs, just to get one over on Nick Clegg.


Bedroom Tax: forced move ‘hastened death’ of disabled cancer patient

Empty hospital bed

The death of a disabled cancer patient was hastened after the Bedroom Tax forced her to move, her family have claimed. 52 year-old Janet Mandeville, who died last month, could not afford the extra £12 per week needed to stay in her two-bedroom bungalow.

Her daughter told the West Briton the hated policy left Mrs Mandeville without access to her support network — which had been vital for managing her conditions:

“When she moved, all the people who were around her weren’t there any more. She was on her own.

“It was too much for her; she couldn’t handle it.

Mrs Mandeville received some Discretionary Housing Payments — but only until she was moved to a smaller property. Interviewed by the same paper while she was still alive, Mrs Mandeville, who also suffered from depression and anxiety, said:

“I became so distressed trying to think of ways I could stay in my two-bed bungalow, I actually had a seizure in February and was taken to hospital for tests.

All MPs knew of such cases — but the tax enjoyed Commons support until a vote less than two weeks ago.

SEE ALSO: Lib Dem weasels pretending they were against the Bedroom Tax

Lib Dem weasels pretending they were against the Bedroom Tax

Even today’s partial Lib Dem U-turn on the Bedroom Tax was executed with the most odious smugness imaginable — with their MPs falling over themselves to suggest that they had wanted to act against the injustice of the policy all along.

‘Breaking news, proles! We’re no longer total bastards!’

He cancelled all his meetings today. But the business secretary didn’t even turn up when a motion was brought to axe the hated tax last November:

As for Jo Swinson, she voted to keep it:

As did Malcom Bruce.

Jenny Willott must have forgotten about that time she was a teller for the government, counting the votes supporting the tax:

Annette Brooke is ‘so pleased’ she finally located where the voting lobbies are (she seemed to go missing last November):

The line: ‘we acted to defeat the evil Tories over the Bedroom Tax’.

Just in time for those election leaflets!

Seriously ill woman confronted Clegg on Bedroom Tax 10 MONTHS AGO

  • Clegg finally calls for reform of hated Bedroom Tax
  • But victim with illness confronted him nearly year ago
  • Used small ‘spare’ bedroom to store oxygen concentrators

Just watch him trying to weasel his way out of it on the detail by asking her about Discretionary Housing Payments — which she had already been refused.

Bid to exempt domestic violence ‘safe rooms’ from Bedroom Tax

  • Domestic violence victims pay Bedroom Tax for ‘safe room’
  • 280 homes with special secure areas hit with hated charge
  • MP bids to change rules with Commons motion

Bedroom Tax on domestic violence 'safe rooms'

With domestic violence victims up there with kidney dialysis patients in having specialist facilities deemed to be ‘spare’ bedrooms — an MP is bidding to exempt ‘safe rooms’ from the Bedroom Tax this afternoon.

Alison Seabeck’s motion — Safe and Sanctuary Rooms (Exemption from Under-occupancy Penalty) — looks to exempt women with strong bolts on the doors and bars on the windows of a ‘spare bedroom’ from having to pay for the privilege of safety.

After Lib Dems voted to support the Bedroom Tax in November — and even voted down an exemption for households with disabled children –Tim Farron heralded an apparent reverse ferret on the issue in February, telling Inside Housing:

“I do not expect our party to support this policy unreformed, we must take time to fix it, learn some lessons and make sure that it doesn’t hurt the most vulnerable in our communities.”

So how about ‘taking some time to fix it’ by supporting this motion at 12:30?

Top Tory: Tenants stuck with £832 Bedroom Tax are ‘success story’

Cllr Harry Phibbs on the Bedroom Tax

A leading Tory in local government has dubbed the Bedroom Tax is a ‘success’ — citing figures from a housing association showing that nine in ten victims of the ‘under occupancy penalty’ have been unable to move home.

In a blog entitled ‘Another spare room subsidy cut success story, Hammersmith and Fulham councillor and Conservative Home columnist Harry Phibbs boasts about figures from Orbit Housing showing that 89% of the tenants originally hit with the hated charge are still having to stump up an average of £832 per year.

The proportion of tenants left with nowhere to downsize come as little surprise given that the borough (where Phibbs is an executive member) is at the front line of the housing crisis. Figures for the area show that 77% of social houses sold off under the right-to-buy scheme are the smaller properties which Bedroom Tax victims would need to avoid the charge.

If this is Phibbs’ definition of ‘success’ Scrapbook dreads to think what failure looks like.

DWP minister accidentally calls Bedroom Tax the ‘Bedroom Tax’

A millionaire government minister (the one who tried to blame charities for a rise in food bank use) put his foot in it yesterday — by using the term ‘Bedroom Tax’ instead of the usual Orwellian euphemisms.

Rather than using the government-approved phrases  ‘under occupancy charge’ or ‘spare room subsidy’ Lord Freud told peers yesterday:

“We will produce an interim report later this year, as I said, and we will bring forward next year the full report on what has been happening with the bedroom tax.”

Not his best performance.

Freud by name, fraud by nature …

Lord Freud: the minister who blamed charities for food bank use.

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