The debate over benefits claimants being denied money from a hardship fund if they smoke or own a satellite dish has reopened.I … I just …
Rob Waltham, of the council's ruling Conservative group… "There is strong evidence to suggest that the spare room subsidy has stimulated a return to work among long term unemployed.
"Locally we have established a policy which supports residents with grant assistance. "There is, however, an eligibility criteria which prevents residents who smoke and have satellite television from securing this assistance.
"Conversely, if a resident has genuine need we do support them.
"I know of many residents who work hard every day and don't have these luxuries, and quite rightly they believe it is wrong to expect taxpayers to fund these life choices."Well said!