photo_philThe Queen, like the rest if us can have as many rooms as we want as long as we pay for them. NO we pay her rent and she just got an extra £16000 a week from our taxes to add to her wealth
Isn't it a pity it's not a petition to scrap the bedroom tax rather than 400,000 people agreeing that IDC is a nob?
Making people who aren't entitled to houses bigger than they need pay for the extra space is a great idea.
I'd rather they paid for the privilage than me and the rest of this countries taxpayers.
If the same people were on housing benefits in Private rented accomodation they wouldn't be allowed to be in a house bigger than they need. Why should those in council housing be treated differently?
I spent a brief few months on benefits in between a job. I lived alone in a private two bed flat. I received 100 a fortnight on jobseekers allowance and 110 a fortnight housing benefit. My council tax was paid in that time. Total 420.00. My rent? 525.00. Safe to say no you cannot live this 'life of luxury' people believe people do on benefits. I ended up owing my family money due to me borrowing whilst out of work to pay my rent. This was just rent. I barely ate those few months lol
There is an elderly lady a few streets away who lives in a two bed bungalow (council owned) that she has been in since the 50s....child, married woman now widow. It is clearly her home in any sense of the word. She is now to have her housing benefit reduced and pay something for CT. I don't know her income but she isn't anywhere close to rich, that is obvious.
Her whole life is in that small area......friends, neighbours, corner shop, doctor......everything but other suitable accommodation. I actually wonder how she could move...I doubt if she is physically able to do it herself or able to pay for it to be done. So like many it seems, she can't move but will have to pay the bedroom tax.
Full credit to the Tories on this one.....they must have done their research and know that this is a barely disguised ruse to redude housing benefits for a lot of vulnerable people. The Tories, in case people don't remember, are the party that sold off huge numbers of coucil houses at substantial discounts with the argument that council houses are people homes, people have a right to own their own homes...and as most council tenants have paid enough rent to have bought their homes...the discount was fair.
It is odd to think Thatcher's lot were better friends to council tenants than this lot......fewer millionairs in the govt then so maybe a different perspective.
The reduction in the Housing Benefit for the second bedroom (Dubbed the Bedroom Tax) is not applied to anyone above retirement age.
Yeah its a great idea. Problem is the council have not got smaller home's to put people in. If we had the properties we would have done this years ago. The bedroom tax is fair only if your offered a smaller property of similar quality. I work for the council and we have very few one bedroom properties.
But I do think that if someone is very careful it is possible.
£53 = £106 per fortnight
£40.00 on Fuel at post office when picking up the payment. £10 Gas and £10 Electricity. If you are careful you can use this. e.g. if you are cold put on a jersey/ cardigan etc.
£20.00 on phonebill. only use for emergency and looking for work.
£60 for essentials will cover the fortnight.
Leaves £30 for food. Make your own will save you as you can buy what you actually need.
Cut out crisps and the like.
£15 for others such as cosmetics. Places like Poundland, Bodycare offer good savings.
However this would be very difficult.