LETTER: Lib Dems join Bedroom Tax debate too late

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It is nice to see the Lib Dems belatedly joining in the campaign against the Bedroom Tax but the suspicion must be that they are desperately trying to distance themselves from their so-called “Nasty

Party” colleagues.

As far as I understand it, Bedroom Tax is only applied to those in social housing. The responsibility for re-housing is thus with the landlord, be it the local council or a housing association.

If the affected tenants have registered with their landlord for downsizing and suitable accommodation cannot be so found then surely no fault can be attributed and so the tenant should not be penalised by the continued imposition of the Bedroom Tax.

Yes, it can be argued that it is unfair for people to be occupying social housing that is above their requirements, especially when the accommodation is required by families in need.

Our government, though, which tends to be composed of those who have no experience of the problems of ordinary people (let alone those they patronisingly classify as the “underclass”), have approached the issue with a sledgehammer and, instead of trying to help with empathy, have attacked it with a sledgehammer and try to absolve themselves of any responsibility for the adverse consequences.

It is probable that the overall cost of administering the Bedroom Tax, and dealing with the ramifications, could be more than it has accrued in revenue but it may be that the tax is only regarded as a financial stick (with no carrot).

There must be quite a number of people within this area who have been badly affected by the government’s policy and who are becoming increasingly in debt.

This is at a time when wages are said to have fallen by an average of £1,600 in real terms and when prices have risen, causing a big increase in the cost of living.

The difference in the wealth of the richest 1% and the rest of us is said to now be the biggest in history - so some have been making a financial killing (and no prizes for guessing who).

It is obvious that the principle of the Bedroom Tax was not fully thought through but if it is repealed, are those who have dutifully paid it going to get a refund, even compensation, as would be fair?

If so, who is going to pick-up the bill? I feel sure that, as usual, it will not be those who made the mistakes.

D. Axton

Louth