Bedroom tax payments have left a woman and her disabled husband fearing they will "die of starvation" as they have no money left for food.Mmmm, judging by the pictures, that’s not an imminent danger by any means…
Kim and Larry Evans, of Teal Avenue, St Mary Cray, have two spare bedrooms…Two!?!
… and need to pay £30.84 a month in bedroom tax.No, they don’t. Because it’s not a ‘tax’ at all – it’s a benefit reduction.
They are willing to move but have been unable to find a place suitable for the needs of Mr Evans, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.Ah, well, that’s down to the council to resolve. Don’t tell me they put a political campaign against the government before the needs of their ‘service users’?
She added: "I always thought as council tenants we would have this house until we were dead but now this tax has changed everything."The money’s run out. Didn’t the last Chancellor tell you that?
A council spokesman said: "We are working closely with our housing association partners, Job Centre Plus and the DWP to offer advice and assistance to those affected by the benefit cap and the spare room subsidy so households can find the best option for them in the light of any shortfall in benefit.
"We are also working with our housing association partners to look at discretionary payments where this is appropriate."Get rid of a few diversity consultants and five-a-day coordinators and you can afford quite a lot of ‘discretionary payments’…