Public anger over PM’s housing benefit claim


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Song of the day:

Redemption Song by Bob Marley and The Wailers

Old pirates, yes, they rob i;
Sold i to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took i
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the ‘and of the almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom? –
’cause all i ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
’cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfil de book.

These songs of freedom? –
’cause all i ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! have no fear for atomic energy,
’cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfil de book.
Won’t you help to sing
Dese songs of freedom? –
’cause all i ever had:
Redemption songs –
All i ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

My thoughts on doubt on PM’s housing benefit claim:

photo(1)Low paid workers, Disabled, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and unemployed from all walks of life are  increasingly showing their towards UK Coalition Government for forcing through their master plan of Bedroom Tax.

This will be an added pressure on Councils and Town Halls to implement it already we have seen that is has already start to cause hardships already for example broken up families are forced to down grade to one bedroom accommodations across the UK. people are attending Citizens Advice Bureau(CAB) for advise which CAB cannot deal with the vast amount of people turning up to the centre whilst Councillors, and Members of Parliament from all the main political parties are facing the same situation.

I dread to anticipate what this coalition will come up with next already a Ex-housing minister Grant Shapps said discretionary payments were available in certain circumstances, but families with disabled children were not exempt. At a recent Prime Minister Question Time Ed Miliband seeked  clarification from the Prime Minster if an impact assessment was being carried out as 420,000 disabled people faced losing £700 a year as a result of the changes – a total of £306m – while the hardship fund covering those affected had an allocation of just £25m for disabled people which David Cameron refused to answer the question.

Liam Byrne Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary launchd the first in a series of events ahead of the introduction of the bedroom tax in April – at exactly the same time as the Government are giving 13,000 millionaires a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average.

If you are angry like myself then see below for details:

I have a high level of repect for a campaign group called Labour Left in association with trade unions are organising a day of action across various towns and cities in the country to protest against the Bedroom Tax.

These demostrations are not exclusively for Labour Left or Labour Party members. If you are a local campaign group, union or just an individual who would like to express your views against this policy then please get involved.

The date for the day of action is: Saturday 16th March 2013

Newcastle | TBC
Warrington | TBC
Carlisle | TBC
Liverpool | Meeting at Queen Elizabeth II Crown Courts, Liverpool
Durham | TBC
Belfast | TBC
Hull | Hull City Centre Rose Bowl Outside BBC HU1 3RH
London | TBC
Glasgow | TBC
Manchester | Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Nottingham | Meeting at Brian Clough Statue, Notts
Norwich | TBC
Peterborough | TBC
Cardiff | TBC
Birmingham | TBC
Brighton | TBC
Hastings | TBC
Plymouth | The Sundial
Runcorn | Runcorn Town Hall

See article below:

A senior Conservative has cast doubt on claims by David Cameron that severely disabled children are exempt from what critics have dubbed the “bedroom tax”.

The prime minister told MPs “anyone who needs help around the clock” would not be affected by curbs on benefits for underoccupied rooms in social housing.

Critics have said this is incorrect.

Ex-housing minister Grant Shapps said discretionary payments were available in certain circumstances, but families with disabled children were not exempt.

From next month, families deemed to have too much living space by their local authorities will receive a reduced payment towards their rent.

Ministers say those in social housing should not get support which is not available to those in the private sector and the housing benefit bill must be cut.

Mr Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband clashed over the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, with the prime minister defending the decision to limit what he described as the “spare room subsidy”, but what the opposition have characterised as a tax on the vulnerable.

‘Discretionary’

Mr Miliband said an impact assessment suggested 420,000 disabled people faced losing £700 a year as a result of the changes – a total of £306m – while the hardship fund covering those affected had an allocation of just £25m for disabled people.

In response, Mr Cameron said “anyone with severely disabled children is exempt from the spare room subsidy”.

“Pensioners are exempt, people with disabled children are exempt, anyone who needs help round the clock is also exempt,” he told MPs.

Speaking to You and Yours on BBC Radio Four, Mr Shapps, who is now minister without portfolio and co-chair of the Conservative Party, was asked if Mr Cameron had been wrong to say disabled children were exempt.

“It’s discretionary.” he said. “Where people have special cases there is a housing discretionary fund. A local authority can look at a case. It’s a discretionary payment.”

The government, he added, would keep a very close eye on how the fund worked but it was important that cases were looked at on an individual basis.

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