Warrington Lib Dem leader joins calls to end bedroom tax

Clr Ian Marks

Clr Ian Marks

First published in News

LIBERAL Democrats in Warrington have welcomed Nick Clegg’s call for a major change to the ‘Bedroom tax’.

Ministers are calling for disabled adults to be automatically exempt and for people to only lose some benefit if they are offered a suitable smaller home but choose not to move.

Clr Ian Marks, Lib Dem leader of the council, said: “As people who are close to our local communities, Lib Dem councillors have had serious reservations about this policy from the start.

“We hoped this policy would free up properties for those in overcrowded accommodation but this clearly has not happened on a large enough scale.

“People have ended up paying the difference, further cutting into their already stretched budgets.

“We call on the Conservatives in the Government to support the Lib Dem call for urgent reform."

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11:27pm Wed 23 Jul 14

grey-area says...

Must be an election on its way.
Must be an election on its way. grey-area
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9:40am Thu 24 Jul 14

richiepooh says...

Oh ! **** ***
all the rants, struggling and protests have been made, the policy is already on its way out and this whelp thinks he can come in at the end with a sound byte acting like he's here for the people and saves the day.

WHERE WAS HE in APRIL 2013 !!!
when this first came into being, when people were getting forced out of their long time homes, when the poorest of people had to pay out because their children had left home in houses they had been in for 20+ years...Where were you, I despise your ethics you are the lowest form of humanity an intolerable gutter of a human being and I'm sick of seeing his and Helen Jones's faces in this paper every-time there's a bandwagon to jump on.
I despise you more than the crack whore form padgate, after all she might not have a choice thanks to people like you who make these policies in the first place who failed her education, failed her social needs, failed to protect her kids... failed, failed, failed!!!
Oh ! **** *** all the rants, struggling and protests have been made, the policy is already on its way out and this whelp thinks he can come in at the end with a sound byte acting like he's here for the people and saves the day. WHERE WAS HE in APRIL 2013 !!! when this first came into being, when people were getting forced out of their long time homes, when the poorest of people had to pay out because their children had left home in houses they had been in for 20+ years...Where were you, I despise your ethics you are the lowest form of humanity an intolerable gutter of a human being and I'm sick of seeing his and Helen Jones's faces in this paper every-time there's a bandwagon to jump on. I despise you more than the crack whore form padgate, after all she might not have a choice thanks to people like you who make these policies in the first place who failed her education, failed her social needs, failed to protect her kids... failed, failed, failed!!! richiepooh
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Steve Parish says...

Wow! To be fair I'm not sure any of the Lib Dem or Tory councillors in Warrington really agreed with their government's policy in the first place - indeed three of the Conservative councillors supported a Labour motion (full Council, 25 March 2013) calling on the Government to drop this policy and think again. The Lib Dems put in an amendment that the Mayor ruled invalid as it "negated" the motion and most of the Lib Dems then refused to vote, even to record an abstention. http://www.warringto
nguardian.co.uk/news
/10314497.Lib_Dems__
full_council_silent_
protest/

It seems they still can't admit the policy is a disaster (hitting the disabled, the poor, and disrupting family life) and only want to tinker with it. A Labour government will scrap it. http://www.labour.or
g.uk/i-will-scrap-th
e-bedroom-tax
Wow! To be fair I'm not sure any of the Lib Dem or Tory councillors in Warrington really agreed with their government's policy in the first place - indeed three of the Conservative councillors supported a Labour motion (full Council, 25 March 2013) calling on the Government to drop this policy and think again. The Lib Dems put in an amendment that the Mayor ruled invalid as it "negated" the motion and most of the Lib Dems then refused to vote, even to record an abstention. http://www.warringto nguardian.co.uk/news /10314497.Lib_Dems__ full_council_silent_ protest/ It seems they still can't admit the policy is a disaster (hitting the disabled, the poor, and disrupting family life) and only want to tinker with it. A Labour government will scrap it. http://www.labour.or g.uk/i-will-scrap-th e-bedroom-tax Steve Parish
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