South Wales Guardian Opinion
6:30am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
CARMARTHENSHIRE county councillors have expressed grave concerns about the impact of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ in April – warning some disadvantaged families who have their benefits slashed will face a stark choice between “eat” and “heat”.
In other words, some people will find themselves unable to afford their heating and food bills.
This bedroom tax is being brought in at the same time as fat cats earning more than £1 million per annum can look forward to a tax cut of almost £100,000 per year.
So much for fairness and equality.
One thing is certain: once the impact of this spreads people will get very angry. Might the bedroom tax do to this Con-Dem Government what the poll tax did to Margaret Thatcher?
The Government suggests people should consider moving to smaller properties, yet anyone in local government will tell you there are not enough of these available.
Besides, anyone transferring to smaller, privately rented premises will face higher rents and less security of tenure.
At times like these it is easy to see why so many people have become disillusioned with those running the country.
We are constantly fed the myth that sometime during the 1960s Britain became a classless society and the old order that had previously held sway was overthrown. Not everyone was fooled, though. Back in 1979 The Jam – one of the most popular and political bands of their day – asked: “…what chance have you got against a tie and a crest?”
Fast forward more than 30 years and the same people are still in charge.