The Bedroom Tax Can Be Stopped like Poll Tax Was; Columnist

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Byline: Gill Hale

HAVING recently attended Unison's national conference, it brought home to me yet again the impact that the Government is having on the lives of decent, hard-working people in this country.

There is a lot of rhetoric about encouraging working people, but the reality is that David Cameron and George Osborne have no idea of what life is like for the vast majority of those working families who are struggling to make ends meet.

This is especially so when it comes to low-paid workers on the minimum wage who are forced to do multiple jobs or work excessive hours to keep their heads above water.

I see what is happening in workplaces in the public sector, in our communities, to families around the region. While those at the top cream off the wealth, it is honest working people paying the price.

How many lives will be diminished? How many children will miss their chance? How Worst of all, many families will be broken by the strain? bedroom tax, attack on households, people are The Tories are using the recession to destroy our welfare state, creating an intolerant society where the vulnerable are pilloried. We are facing the longest, deepest slump in over a century.

Wages are in free fall, except for those who caused the crisis in the first place, the bankers. Our public services are being savaged. Local government, education, probation, home care, police staffs, the voluntary sector all hung out to dry, cast aside by this Government.

Politicians talk of austerity when they mean cruelty, vindictiveness, ideology. They talk about transformation when they mean destruction. They have the audacity to talk about growth, But in Osborne's brave new world, the only growth we have seen is in the pay day loan industry, which has grown tenfold in four years, leaving desperate borrowers in a vicious cycle of debt.

To add insult to injury, the Lib Dems call on the Government to do more to curb the lenders, as though they are not in Government and cannot do something themselves. …