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December 18, 2014 4 Comments
In case you were wondering how our local Members of Parliament voted on the Opposition Day vote on the bedroom tax :-
|Basildon and Billericay||John Baron||No|
|Brentwood and Ongar||Eric Pickles||No|
|Castle Point||Rebecca Harris||No|
|Harwich and North Essex||Bernard Jenkin||No|
|Rayleigh and Wickford||Mark Francois||No|
|Rochford and Southend East||James Duddridge||Absent|
|Saffron Walden||Alan Haselhurst||No|
|South Basildon and East Thurrock||Stephen Metcalfe||No|
|Southend West||David Amess||No|
Only one Conservative MP (Andrew Percy) and no Liberal Democrats voted for the Labour motion (Let’s scrap the Bedroom Tax by Christmas).
I think it is pretty clear where the Conservatives stand, and that the Liberal Democrats are backing them all the way.
December 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Here is the data showing the numbers subject to the Bedroom Tax in Essex for August for all eighteen Parliamentary constituencies in the glorious county of Essex. I have ordered them with those having the highest numbers at the top.
|Constituency||Reduction applied||No reduction applied||Not applicable – private rented|
|Basildon and Billericay||765||4869||1529|
|South Basildon and East Thurrock||740||4625||2254|
|Rochford and Southend East||574||5197||6547|
|Brentwood and Ongar||260||2975||1193|
|Harwich and North Essex||227||2179||2511|
|Rayleigh and Wickford||128||1709||1519|
Whilst Southend West is towards the bottom of this list, 178 households who have had their Housing Benefit reduced because they are considered under-occupied is 178 too many in my opinion.
(The numbers are for Housing Benefit Claimants)
July 3, 2014 1 Comment
Those who cheat must be punished. Obvious. Somehow, though, it seems to depend on what type of cheat you are. The media appears to revel in the telling of those who swindle the benefits system. This does matter, every penny of tax dishonestly acquired denies that penny to the truly deserving, or to the NHS, education, etc. However, to butcher a Stalin maxim, to cheat a penny is a tragedy, to steal a million is a statistic.
Look at this: Benefit cheat swindled £13,000
One cheat, a mere commoner, is to repay all that she fiddled. Another cheat, a peer of the realm, somehow evades repayment (and will return to the House of Lords after a year’s ban).