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Is the "bedroom tax" immoral - Cornwall Council to discuss today

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Cornwall Council will discuss the morality of the "bedroom tax" today.

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Cornwall Council will discuss the morality of the “bedroom tax” today as some members look to help affected residents.

A motion has been put forward to seek exemption from the Government for residents “for whom no smaller, suitable housing is available within their local community or whose homes have been adapted to meet their special needs”.

The spare room subsidy, dubbed the bedroom tax by opponents, was introduced in April 2013 and cuts the amount of benefit that people can get if they are considered to have a spare bedroom.

Sue James, Liberal Democrat member for St Just in Penwith, has put forward the motion to be discussed at the full council meeting from 10.30am today.

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The motion asks councillors to note that “many people living in Cornwall have registered to ‘downsize’ but there are insufficient properties of appropriate sizes for them to be able to move to”.

The motion asks for an acknowledgement that “with the severe limitations to expenditure on social housing, it will take many years for significant progress to be made so affected claimants can be re-housed and that it is therefore immoral to place so severe a financial burden on those people currently affected”.

Mrs James wants the leader and the chief executive of Cornwall Council to write to Ian Duncan-Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and all the Cornish MPs, urging the Government to take action.

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  • josdave  |  January 14 2014, 3:58PM

    The only thing wrong with it is its inflexibility. We have disabled people who need an extra room for carers when thy have to stay overnight and also two roomed houses where one occupant is overseas with the armed forces but needs a room when home. I am all for encouraging people to downsize in most cases as long as the exceptions are cared for.

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  • mickey55  |  January 14 2014, 2:19PM

    There is no such thing as bedroom tax that is just a title that the media use for maximum affect it is benefit adjustment, people renting in the private sector claiming housing benefit cannot claim for more rooms than they need so why should there be a separate set of rules for those in the social sector,

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  • BobToronto  |  January 14 2014, 1:14PM

    Spelling? Accommodation and tenant. In both cases my spellcheck corrected the errors above. Maybe the council should pass a resolution condemning teachers who draw a salary without teaching the three Rs Have a happy day

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  • miniman1  |  January 14 2014, 11:57AM

    Cornwall council really are on the ball !!, how long has it taken them to realize that, what many people have been saying ever since it was introduced is actually true. If the coalition had any sense whatsoever, this would have been researched before the legislation was introduced. All they have done is to prove to the electorate that they are so far removed from the reality of ordinary peoples lives that they haven't got a clue what is going on, nor do they care. Most people would agree that those people who are on benefits should be encouraged to take smaller suitable homes where they are available. And I am sure many claimants themselves would be more than happy to downsize. But to introduce legislation that simply forces them to move or receive reduced benefits is disgusting. I have always advocated that before any benefits are reduced the tenant should be offered three suitable alternative properties, if they refuse all three then fair enough they would have their benefits reduced accordingly.

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  • jasonbc  |  January 14 2014, 11:50AM

    It is not immoral at all, the tennants of council houses must realise that they do not own the properties that they live in they are just tennants. If they have house's or flats which are too big for them and have spare rooms and refuse to give them up when their is a so called shortage of council housing then they should have there rent put up or be taxed on it. If they don't like it move to something smaller

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  • Smurf46  |  January 14 2014, 11:46AM

    It should stay as you have couples in 3 bedrooms homes that could be used by a family that needs that accomodation!

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