A lady from my local Council came to see me to discuss the implications of the Housing Benefit changes due in April.In particular to explain to me how the so called “bedroom tax” would affect me.She explained the options I have,that of moving “somewhere” to a one bedroom flat or face a £14 shortfall in my Housing Benefit which I would have to struggle somehow to make up.
She gave me a booklet apparently written by the Council entitled ; Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants Affected by Under-occupation.Whilst I accept that the Council did not in themselves initiate these changes,nonetheless as you will see from the accompanying page from the booklet,it is both contemptuous and patronising in tone.
I can but hope that like the Poll Tax proved fatal for Thatcher,that this “bedroom tax” is a similar step too far for Cameron and Osborne.
Following David Cameron’s appearance on the ITV This Morning in which he was confronted by Phillip Schofield with the list of prominent Tories said to be associated with the historic Child Abuse offences in North Wales,I contacted the No 10 website to say that Cameron’s reaction to Schofield in which he spoke of “dangers of witchhunts against gay people” was entirely irrelevant.
To my surprise I have receive the following reply from the No 10 Office
Letter to The Leader(Wrexham).19/11/2012.
Justice And Fairness For All.
Over the years all the letters I have had published on these pages have been concerning matters of justice and fairness for all.Once again I write to your paper,this time concerning the historic child abuse cases involving Bryn Estyn.Over the coming days you will see those with inflated cheque books,with an ability to sue get some kind of “justice”.Meanwhile those who were the victims of the vilest of offences whilst they were among the most vulnerable of children,not merely will they get no justice but are left with feelings that the world just does not care.Before I leave this matter I would like to thank my M.P.-Susan Elan Jones for speaking out with such clarity and vigour on this matter.
Now given my interest in all these matters people would have thought that I would have been waiting for the Polling Station to open last Thursday when elections were held for the newly created Police and Crime Commissioners.However along with the vast majority of people I did not vote.Let us look at these newly created positions?
At best the PCCs will find themselves on the same footing as the Children’s Commissioner.Now I am not decrying the concept of the Children’s Commisioner,I merely point out that they can’t independently take part in legal action or initiate such proceedings.At worst though we could well have the almost ridiculous notion that “Tory Police” are better than “Labour Police”!I will end by posing this question;Was the idea of the PCCs just another policy written on the back of a fag packet,or yet another unwanted import from the USA?
William Russell Jones