“If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost”.(President Obama)
My thoughts on the changes into UK benefits system from the 1st -28th April 2013:
On the 1st April 2013 will be remembered for two things April Fool’s Day and the other is the changes of our welfare system the following will come into effect they are:
Bedroom tax introduced
Thousands lose access to legal aid
Council tax benefit passes into local control
NHS commissioning changes for ever
Regulation of financial industry changes
50p tax rate scrapped for high earners
Disability living allowance scrapped
Benefit uprating begins
Welfare benefit cap
Universal credit introduced
In light what has been mentioned I say welcome back to the modern day of Thatcherism under the guise of the coalition government who has are hell bent on making the very low paid suffer to appease their party donors from both Conservative and Libdems. So far we have witnessed a number of Bedroom Tax demonstration and rallies across the UK which has been very peaceful and supported by the opposition parties across the UK. Whilst millionaires and expats endorsing their full support to the very ideology of the coalition.
Yet hardliner are the ones who are pulling the heartstrings on telling their leader what policies they have to implement. Frankly the many are suffering whilst the rich donors are robbing their hands which remind me of the story of Robin Hood but the difference is the crown ordering its servants to take from the poor to give the rich in the name of the king.
The tax financially penalises social and council tenants deemed to have a “spare” room – or forces them to move to a smaller property. If tenants refuse they face eviction. It will hit 650,000 people.
Angry campaigners have sprung up across Britain, and on 30 April 2013 we made our voices heard. Campaigners assembled in Whitehall, London, and placed banners on the railings of Downing Street reading: “Axe the tax” and “David Cameron, blood on your hands.”
This helps to feed into the ideology of the right wing of the Tory Party cuts and how the poor and ordinary working people are being punished by self interest of greed and venality of the rich. Perhaps one of the main reasons the bedroom tax has generated many rumblings of a nationwide and national campaigns is because it violates our human rights.
A home, be it bought or rented, represents more than just shelter in our lives. This is even more so in the case of the poorest in society, people for whom moving every few years is not possible and, for many, undesirable even if it were. Some have argued that mobility is a luxury the poor cannot afford. In its place are community, roots, a sense of belonging. The millionaires, with their multiple houses and ability to move and travel on a whim, can never hope to understand.
For the most socially vulnerable in society a home is the one place they are entitled to feel completely secure and safe in a society in which they are blamed for their plight rather than regarded as victims of it. A home also represents a history, where children are brought up, parents pass away, in which good and bad times are shared. It is essential to a sense of being and self-worth, not to mention dignity. These things are under attack with the bedroom tax.
This is why the sheer cruelty of it transcends words such as iniquitous or unfair. It is nothing short of a violation of the human rights of those affected, compounded by the fact that it will have a disproportionate impact on the disabled and elderly and sick. The stress being suffered by its victims leading up to its implementation will already have been immeasurable, leaving them feeling even more vulnerable and isolated in the face of decisions being made affecting their lives in which they have no input whatever.
Securing rented accommodation in the private sector, which has already seen demand spike in recent years due to the near collapse of the mortgage market as a consequence of the financial crisis caused by the world of banking which is the end result of this recession, is a far from simple process. The demand for one-bedroom flats in particular far outstrips supply in every major city. recently I was in the position of seeking a one-bedroom flat in the public sector and as the council was knocking the tower block which I lived in for many years it proved a horrible task of relocating to a different part of Birmingham.
To add insult to injury, the requirement of upfront fees and deposit that letting agencies demand means that anyone without savings is burnt at the very first hurdle. For people forced into this position as a consequence of the bedroom tax there is also the ludicrous situation whereby local councils will end up putting even more taxpayers’ money into the pockets of private landlords to meet rents on one-bedroom accommodation that are on average higher than they are in the social housing sector for two bedrooms.
I criticise the housing crisis at the behest of both Conservative and Labour Governments. This has brought the many to the point where, according to Shelter, two million households are currently waiting for social housing in England and Scotland, many of them languishing in temporary accommodation with young children. The solution to this crisis is not to force people already in social housing onto the mercy of the private sector but an emergency national programme of house-building in order to meet demand. Attempting to solve one human crisis by precipitating another describes a country governed by an incompetent government . This is a policy that has either been carefully calibrated to punish the poor – part of the mass experiment in human despair fashioned