Commentary: On April 1, All Fool's Day, a raft of welfare reform in the UK came into operation. The now so-called infamous Bedroom Tax was implemented and it hit many vulnerable people in the UK financially. On a personal level it does not affect this writer but it would have 30 or 40 years ago. Perhaps that is why I strongly support the end of this obscene tax on the poorest people in British society.
UK PM David Cameron who was pushing for costly military strikes against Syria last week should take a long hard look at his politics. There is always money to get embroiled in conflict abroad, and then pay to rebuild each country, but not enough to provide a decent roof over people's heads. There is still money to pay politicians second home allowances for homes, more often than not empty, but if you are poor, live in social housing and have just one spare room you will pay dearly.
Monday the BBC has results of a poll on Syria "Almost three-quarters of people believe MPs were right to reject UK military action in Syria, a poll commissioned by the BBC has suggested. The poll also suggested 72% did not think the move would damage the UK-US relationship - and two-thirds said they would not care if it did. ICM Research spoke to 1,000 adults in England, Scotland and Wales by telephone between Friday and Monday. Downing Street has said there will be no second Parliamentary vote on Syria."
We have come a long way and politicians should take the blame. You cannot ram austerity and cuts down people's throats and expect support for vague military strikes.
You may not be aware that "The United Nations has sent UN Human Rights watchdog, Special Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik to Britain to investigate the link between the infamous "Bedroom Tax" eviction threats and rates of suicides in Britain. Welfare News reported Thursday:
A UN watchdog will touch down in Britain tomorrow to investigate the “bedroom tax” and eviction threats driving tenants to suicide.
People like former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown and current PM Cameron want Brits to be philanthropic and care about others and we agree. Where we differ is perhaps they should start being more caring on the home-front? Yes we do not want to become an isolationist country but neither do we not want our vulnerable left to rot.
Campaigns for You need you to send your bedroom tax stories to the UN inspectors to strengthen the case for abolishing the bedroom tax. Remember though that any shortfall in revenue a change makes will need to be found elsewhere.
John Ingleson from Campaigns for You has sent an email which reads:
Our petition, the 'STOP the Bedroom Tax' petition has joined forces with the website WeWillBeHeard.org headed by Jessica Mccarnun who delivered 1,852 letters to David Cameron at Downing Street in July, from people affected by the Bedroom Tax - "The Personal Petition".
The strength of campaign groups in the UK could be one reason that British politicians are looking to reform such lobbying.
Related reading at TEK:
Infamous British bedroom tax adds to debt crisis
British politicians second home allowances, in relation to Bedroom Tax