Last month David Cameron said, “We can’t go on having Government taking decisions like this which ignore the impact on the family.” It’s a strange comment for a Prime Minister to make. Is David Cameron recognising that his Government has implemented policies that harm families and criticising his own actions over the last 4 years?
In my opinion, families are the basic building blocks of our society. They are the places where we learn to love and to be loved. It is in families that we first learn about discipline and living in community. If families fail then society suffers.
Over the last few years, huge financial pressures have been placed on families, with more children in poverty and more people relying on food banks.
Under the bedroom tax/spare-room subsidy, families have been forced to move house. In some cases families have had to move to a smaller house in a different area with a higher rent! In this case the family is worse off, the state is paying higher rent subsidy and the children’s education is potentially disrupted because they have to change school.
I agree with the principle that people living in houses that are bigger than they need should be encouraged to move into smaller homes, but the bedroom tax penalises people even where there is no suitable alternative accommodation available.
Instead of cutting benefits on ideological grounds, we need to build more bungalows for the elderly and starter homes for young families. We need policies that are properly thought through.
Last week the Conservatives were defeated in Parliament on a vote over the bedroom tax/spare-room subsidy. I hope that David Cameron will accept that his Government has implemented policies that harm families and has got it wrong on the bedroom tax/spare-room subsidy.
We can’t go on having Government taking decisions like this which ignore the impact on the family.
Cllr. Sam Corcoran – Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East (East Cheshire)
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