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Archive for August 28th, 2012

Protecting residents from Tory cuts

When even the Prime Minister’s own Tory controlled local authority, West Oxfordshire District Council, throw up their arms in despair, you know that something is truly rotten.

Cameron’s own councillors are objecting to so called council tax reforms which they say will cost their poorest residents an extra £420 a year. Furthermore, they say that that these changes do not provide any incentive for work – in fact quite the reverse.  

In Tower Hamlets, we know that when Cameron and his friends talk of ‘reform’, really they mean ‘cuts’. A few months ago the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies issued a damning report which stated that these housing benefit cuts replicated the worst elements of the poll tax and stated that councils could be left chasing desperately poor people through the courts for very small amounts of money.

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