More than 100,000 sign Wirral carer's online 'bedroom tax' petition

Wirral Globe: Dawn Thomas with the boxes of petitions Dawn Thomas with the boxes of petitions

A WIRRAL carer’s online petition against the ‘bedroom tax’ has gathered 130,000 signatures from opponents across the world.

Dawn Thomas, from Birkenhead, set up the petition in December and presented a printed version of it to MP Frank Field at his constituency surgery on Friday afternoon.

It has since been forwarded to welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith.

The changes, which came into force at the beginning of April, mean those living in a house deemed too big for their needs will have a proportion of their benefit cut.

The shake-up means tenants in council houses and social housing could face paying £728 extra a year.

Meanwhile, those with more than one spare bedroom face a 25% cut in housing benefit.

The cover letter for Dawn’s petition reads: “This ‘tax’ has not been thought out properly. It will further damage family life and long-standing communities.”

Dawn, a full-time carer whose son David has Down’s Syndrome, told the Globe: “I want this government to repeal this dreadful and immoral tax on people’s homes.

“I’m a realist and am not confident that it will ever happen, but I want Iain Duncan Smith to realise how much opposition there is to this tax.

“The bedroom tax is Tony Blair’s baby. David Cameron has come in and taken up the idea.”

Dawn, a Wirral Partnership Homes’ tenant said: “The distress this ‘tax’ has brought about is immeasurable.

“Social housing was intended for people who cannot afford to buy their own homes. Now the same people are being taxed out of their homes.”

Ministers say the “under occupancy penalty” will reduce the housing benefit bill, currently more than £20 billion a year.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the change would save taxpayers £480m a year and affect around 600,000 people. The average loss for a single empty bedroom will be £14 per week, it adds.

Last month around 40 protestors gathered outside Wallasey Town Hall to make their views heard on welfare reform, claiming the changes would unafirly penalise benefit claimants living in council or social housing.

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1:06pm Tue 16 Apr 13

jeanielou says...

During the Debate on this subject in the House of Commons on 27th February 2013 both Steve Webb and Esther McVey explicitly stated in response to a question from JimShannon MP that a disabled man in a wheelchair who lives in a two bedroom adapted council bungalow would be exempt and would not even have to apply for discretionary housing payment. See Hansard 27/2/13. Now the DWP refuses to admit that these two Ministers said these words even though they are not implementing this exemption and informing local councils of it. I cannot get any satisfaction from DWP at all and my disabled son is having to pay £44 per month from his benefit So, good luck with this petition but I fear you will get the same treatment from DWP as I have.
During the Debate on this subject in the House of Commons on 27th February 2013 both Steve Webb and Esther McVey explicitly stated in response to a question from JimShannon MP that a disabled man in a wheelchair who lives in a two bedroom adapted council bungalow would be exempt and would not even have to apply for discretionary housing payment. See Hansard 27/2/13. Now the DWP refuses to admit that these two Ministers said these words even though they are not implementing this exemption and informing local councils of it. I cannot get any satisfaction from DWP at all and my disabled son is having to pay £44 per month from his benefit So, good luck with this petition but I fear you will get the same treatment from DWP as I have. jeanielou
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2:11pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Hugo1008 says...

Strange lack of positive action from the so called Labour MPs in Wirral.

Sir Frank of the Fields, made a few feeble comments, but has consistantly failed to challenge the Fragrant Esther in any positive way.

While Auntie Allison keeps well out of the limelight on anything slightly contraversial. her forefather must be spinning in his frustration at her lack of gusto that he was so famous for.

And what can be said of the sour faced Eagle, nothing really no gumption, no activity, unless its filmed and photographed.
Strange lack of positive action from the so called Labour MPs in Wirral. Sir Frank of the Fields, made a few feeble comments, but has consistantly failed to challenge the Fragrant Esther in any positive way. While Auntie Allison keeps well out of the limelight on anything slightly contraversial. her forefather must be spinning in his frustration at her lack of gusto that he was so famous for. And what can be said of the sour faced Eagle, nothing really no gumption, no activity, unless its filmed and photographed. Hugo1008
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6:48pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Positive thinker says...

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought this tax ruling was written in stone
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought this tax ruling was written in stone Positive thinker
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7:02pm Tue 16 Apr 13

JADEE1 says...

very well done dawn & all who signed,this bedroom tax its ,morally illegal,& goes to show how nasty & evil the torys,lib,dems,&even labour are,& out off touch,with the most vunerable in our society,this law breaches the civil rights & human rights ,of the people this effects,& will if fought properly ,with the 22% council tax ,will be scrapped,its about time the unions used some of the publics money & take this to ECHR,strasbourg.NOW,
not sit back & wait & see what happens,take ACTION,!!,NOW,!!! HELP YOUR PEOPLE.!!!BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE GETS THE GLORY ??
very well done dawn & all who signed,this bedroom tax its ,morally illegal,& goes to show how nasty & evil the torys,lib,dems,&even labour are,& out off touch,with the most vunerable in our society,this law breaches the civil rights & human rights ,of the people this effects,& will if fought properly ,with the 22% council tax ,will be scrapped,its about time the unions used some of the publics money & take this to ECHR,strasbourg.NOW, not sit back & wait & see what happens,take ACTION,!!,NOW,!!! HELP YOUR PEOPLE.!!!BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE GETS THE GLORY ?? JADEE1
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11:02pm Tue 16 Apr 13

Positive thinker says...

Jade,
Have you got a law degree?
Jade, Have you got a law degree? Positive thinker
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12:52pm Thu 18 Apr 13

lordthomas says...

Bedroom tax
The Department for Work and Pensions estimates the change will save taxpayers £480m a year
The UK Government plans to double the amount of aid it gives to Pakistan from £267 million in 2012-13 to £446 million in 2014-15. It will make Pakistan the largest recipient of aid from the UK
Bedroom tax The Department for Work and Pensions estimates the change will save taxpayers £480m a year The UK Government plans to double the amount of aid it gives to Pakistan from £267 million in 2012-13 to £446 million in 2014-15. It will make Pakistan the largest recipient of aid from the UK lordthomas
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2:21pm Thu 18 Apr 13

jeanielou says...

Lord Thomas-don't fall into that old trap the Govt.wants. ie divide and rule so that the public think there is onlyso much money to go round and the poorest can fight about it while the privileged carry on regardless taking more and more for themselves. This has absolutely nothing to do with the bedroom tax and other disgusting attacks on the poorest people by these very well paid MPs plus their expenses.
Lord Thomas-don't fall into that old trap the Govt.wants. ie divide and rule so that the public think there is onlyso much money to go round and the poorest can fight about it while the privileged carry on regardless taking more and more for themselves. This has absolutely nothing to do with the bedroom tax and other disgusting attacks on the poorest people by these very well paid MPs plus their expenses. jeanielou
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