I have to agree with both of you mostly! But I am firmly of the opinion that the housing benefit cut is part of the tory dogma of the 'workers v shirkers', harking back to the Poor Law policy of 'deserving and undeserving poor' in the early 1800s.
It is a great shame, but even in our small village, my wife and I have been vilified as 'scroungers' by those who ought to know better.
If this policy was fair, it would apply to ALL people in social housing & not just those of 'working age' who claim any amount of housing benefit.
There are many working people affected who would not have to claim benefits if they could earn a real living wage. Most state benefits are paid to people in work in any case: child allowance, tax credits, child care allowance, etc. Pension credits also make a huge %age of top-up benefits. Only a very small %age is spent on out of work benefits in fact.
This policy was definitely part of the conservatives' attempt to 'make work pay' as clearly stated in the legislation itself. The problem is that many of those affected ARE working.
There are many, many older people of pension age, claiming hb and living in social housing, with 'spare bedrooms' and who are exempt from this benefit cut. That is unfair.
We ALL pay taxes like vat and many working people pay no, or very little income tax.
We are ALL in this together and the social divisions caused by politics are getting worse. That saddens me very much indeed. Very much. We ALL need support from each other. ALL of us, no matter our personal politics or opinions. A good, 'healthy' discussion never hurt anyone
Sorry to have also ranted,but as a severe CB sufferer, I also think we have a right to talk, sensibly, and discuss here matters which are not necessarily illness-related. I have been reading posts here that have upset, angered, intrigued, informed and inspired me. I hardly ever post. But on this subject...