The number of bedrooms at home is a family's choice
I AM appalled at the Government's recent introduction of the so called 'bedroom tax'.
Someone who has a three-bedroom council house, but whose family have grown up and moved away, will still pay the rent appropriate to that house.
That is their choice and I can foresee that many will do this and remain in the family home that they have lived in for years.
Now, however, if they are also in receipt of housing benefit, they are going to be penalised by having benefit cut by 14% for occupying a house which has more bedrooms than they would seem to need. It is a device to "persuade" them to leave their home for a smaller one by hitting them in the pocket.
This is not far removed from Soviet Russia soon after the revolution, when people found their homes taken over and forced to accept strangers occupying the rooms they were not currently using. Is that what we are coming to?
By the way, how does the council know that there are unused bedrooms in some of their properties – what about a family whose son or daughter who is away at university and not occupying a bedroom for most of the year?
UKIP MEP for East Midlands