Councillors & NSAC join forces

Kidsgorve_Bedroom_TaxLast night I took the opportunity to attend a North Staffs Against Cuts meeting at Newcastle Fire Station. I think members looked surprised to see a Newcastle Labour Councillor at their meeting. There was a lot discussed about the cuts to public services and how people were suffering from unfair decisions made by the coalition government.

We then led onto the Bedroom Tax that is due to hit families that live in social housing. Whilst the government has made some concessions in recent months due to protest it is not enough to stop the damage this policy will cause.

What angers me the most is that separated mums and dads are at risk of paying more and will have to try to find additional money to enable their children to stay with them at weekends. The establishment talks about broken Britain and how families are breaking down. This awful policy only makes that worse and scares parents into choosing between food on the table or kids in their home. Children will suffer because they won’t be able to have a bedroom at both properties. When I was young my mum and dad were separated and I had a bedroom at both houses. They shared what days they would have me so I could see each of them as much as possible creating stable family life.  I know how it would have made me feel to choose between my parents. What a situation to put young children in. What is this government thinking!!!

The bedroom occupancy rules state:

Children who have a main residence elsewhere (for example, because their parents live apart) cannot be counted as needing a bedroom at the secondary address. The bedrooms that they use at the secondary address will be counted as unoccupied.

So now it’s a call to action. On Saturday 30th March, 1pm outside the Guildhall in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre we will be protesting against the Bedroom Tax. North Staffs Against Cuts and I will be shouting out loud and clear about how we feel about this attack on the poor. Together we will be setting up a petition to ask councils across the region to condemn the bedroom tax. A ludicrous policy targeting the poor whilst David Cameron gives 13,000 millionaires a £100,000 tax cut on the 1st April. Please join us and help us make a stand.

About cllrkylerobinson

Newcastle Borough Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor for the Butt Lane and Talke Ward. Staffordshire County Councillor for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street. Please visit my blog Twitter @kyle_robinson22

Posted on March 21, 2013, in Butt Lane, Events, Kidsgrove and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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