Tuesday 30 July 2013

Bedroom Tax Lawsuit

I'm sorry to report that a class action lawsuit in the High Court against the Government's "Bedroom Tax" has failed, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23503095. I was hoping that, as the character played by Tom Hanks in the film Philadelphia said, today we might get that rare opportunity to see justice done. The Bedroom Tax is one of these things that have slipped easily through the front door in recent years, when a decade ago we'd have slammed it in their faces. It is effectively punishing the poorest people in rented accommodation because, firstly: they're poor; and secondly: that local authority housing is too disorganized and depleted to accommodate them in suitable dwellings anyway. As you can see from the news report, the Tax also hits the disabled badly too. What has happened to our world!? The good news is that the solicitors representing the claimants are going to appeal. It would help enormously if there's a public outcry about this too, so tell all your friends!

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