UN nations investigator on housing critcises UK and Scotland gives £20m to mitigate the effects of bedroom tax

Carol Robertson has opted to pay the extra thirteen pounds and a couple of pence spare room supplement in order to stay in the flat where her two children have been raised and where she has lived for thirty-seven years. After paying the tax on her “extra” room she has twenty-six pounds a week to live on, which is some twenty-two pounds more than a neighbour who is expected to live on four pounds a week.

This is Britain in 2013 and it is a Britain that has prompted the UN special investigator on housing, Raquel Rolnik, to state that people  “feel abused in their human rights”, before she goes on to ask the question why should they foot the bill for an economic downturn “which was brought about by the financial crisis?”

However, there is, at least for Ms Robertson and her neighbour in Scotland good news as it would appear that, although Ms Rolnik’s statements have brought the expected pig-headed response from the Tory camp with the Conservative party chairman and minister without portfolio, Grant Shapps, claiming that the tax is legal and that the UN withdraw Rolnik’s claims “pending a full investigation”, the Scottish government, on the other hand, has decided to earmark  £20m in emergency funds for “families and tenants affected by the bedroom tax.” Yes, the United Kingdom it would appear is a very disunited kingdom in more ways in one.

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About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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One Response to UN nations investigator on housing critcises UK and Scotland gives £20m to mitigate the effects of bedroom tax

  1. Daniel64 says:

    A very good post !

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