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8:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Letters
IT was concerning to read in your lead story ‘Driven to poverty by bedroom tax’ and learn of the effect this policy is having on many people in Worcestershire, including Malvern.
The bedroom tax is an illthought out attack on the poorest in society.
How can people possibly move to homes with fewer bedrooms when there are simply not enough of them?
The only place where one-bedroom places are available is in the private sector, and if people moved into them from social housing it would result in the housing benefit bill increasing!
Even more worrying were some of the comments posted on the newspaper website beneath this story.
Many of those commenting were unsympathetic and judgemental.
They seem to have fallen for the propaganda from the Government and the right-wing Press that all those on benefits are scroungers.
Comments such as “get a job”, “try working for a living”, “too many benefit scroungers” and “cancel your Sky membership, phone contract etc and sell your 50in TV”.
I hope that such opinions are not widespread throughout the county.
Rather than dividing against each other – those in work against the unemployed, the private sector against the public sector, etc – we should be working together to make our country a better place to live.
Many of those in work are working longer hours, often for less pay, but rather than looking to blame “scroungers” we should be looking at why our country has far greater inequalities when compared with other developed nations.
COUNCILLOR MATTHEW JENKINS St Stephen division, Worcester
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