The 10+ spare bedrooms of spare room evicter Lord Freud
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Jan 28 21:56:54 GMT 2013
'Lord Benefits Freud': Tory hypocrites to push thousands into poverty
Tory welfare minister Lord Freud is determined to
punish some of the poorest people in Britain for
living in homes that are supposedly too big for them.
His bedroom tax could plunge almost 100,000 people into poverty.
But Freud himself hasnt just got some spare bedroomshe has a spare mansion.
He also has a four bedroom £1.9 million London
pad. Twelve bedrooms, then, for just one former banker and his wife.
Yet when separated dad Graeme Fair argued with
Freud on a radio call-in that his spare room was
for his childrens weekend visits, he was told they had to stay on the sofa.
Freud told another caller, Janine Moxon, to get a
lodger if her 16 year old son joins the army. But
she pointed out, Thats against the rules of my housing association.
Disabled people in relationships will be
penalised for having adapted rooms and parents
will be hit if their children go to university.
Thousands could lose their homes for being poor
in areas where there arent any one bedroom social homes available.
Freud, who retired early thanks to his banking
fortune, is also gunning for workers who cant
get enough hours. Around one million people will
receive regular texts from job centres because,
although they work, they could work longer.
They will even be threatened with losing the new universal credit benefit.
Freud says this is will reduce benefit
dependency and make work paythe latest
addition to government rhetoric that pits strivers against skivers.
But people are determined to fight back against his new benefits onslaught.
More than 30 local and national organisations
campaigning around benefits met in London on
Saturday of last week to pool their resources for a united campaign.
Shirley Frost is a tenants association secretary
and member of Defend Council Housing in
Sheffield. She told Socialist Worker, Weve been
campaigning around housing for years. Now the
issue of benefits has made peoples position really precarious.
Every day I see people impoverished by benefits
sanctions. The government tries to divide people
to distract attention away from themselves, but
60 percent of claimants are in work.
Rents are high and wages are lowwhat do they want people to do?
Other organisations include the Unite and PCS
unions, Disabled People Against Cuts and many local campaigns.
They are planning to target ministers in February.
There is some anger, and its growing, said
Shirley. I was in the thick of it with the poll
tax. Now well send a clear message to the
government that we wont submit, we cant pay and we wont pay.
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