Monday, 11 February 2013

Bedroom tax and the big squeeze

Dear Kent Messenger,

You referred to the 'Bedroom Tax' as the 'Big Squeeze', the irony of which should not be understated. This is the latest disgusting attack on people on low incomes by the Conservative / Lib Dem government and comes hot on the heels of council tax benefit cuts.

This tax will lead to evictions and poverty for many of the 600 families affected by it in Maidstone while forcing teenagers to share bedrooms and ensuring that carers have to sleep on a sofa - it really will become a 'big squeeze'. Families with a son or daughter in the forces will also have to give up their spare bedroom or pay more for it.

Of course the 'big squeeze' only applies to people on benefits and low incomes. Those Lib Dem and Conservative MPs will doubtless be unaffected by the changes - instead they are calling for a disgusting 32% pay rise for themselves.

Stuart Jeffery
Maidstone Green Party

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