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Council Leader To Ask Council To Formally Object 'Bedroom Tax'

Friday September 6 2013


Steve Houghton Steve Houghton


COUNCIL leader Sir Steve Houghton says he will ask the council to formally object to the so-called 'bedroom tax' following a heated meeting with residents.

The Labour councillor, who also represents the Cudworth ward, was grilled by angry locals over cuts to housing benefit last Tuesday.

Some council tenants have seen their housing benefit reduced if they're deemed to have a spare bedroom, leaving them scared they cannot make ends meet.

Cllr Houghton said he would ask the council to pass a motion for a collective stance against the bedroom tax.

But he said the council had to follow the law laid down by the government and the bedroom tax could not be stopped until the next general election.

"At the present time it's the law and the council will act within the law because nobody would expect us not to, particularly our council tenants," Cllr Houghton said.

"We are following the procedure year on year like we have done every year for people who have not paid their rent.

"I will not break the law because I don't think it will get people anywhere."

No evictions have been made and Cllr Houghton said he did not want to evict anybody from their homes.

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Reply Posted by stevo on Friday September 6 2013 at 14:50
too little to late Stevey baby.

Never mind you'll be alright, with your £30k expenses claim last year you earned more than the Prime Minister didn't you?

Oh I nearly forgot, you got a Knighthood for your services for doing sod all for the people in our town didn't you?

Reply Posted by justine on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 10:33
Well said.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 09:14
Council houses are for emergencies not for people to live in for 30years, they should get jobs an pay taxes like normal human beings then they would not have the problem, as per usual they want the rest of the hard working population pay for everything its about time something was been done.

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 11:03
Well said.

Reply Posted by Jaydee on Thursday September 12 2013 at 04:31
Well put Dave. I had a discussion about this recently, I foolishly believed that this 'tax' was being introduced to deter families on benefits from privately renting big houses in affluent areas i.e. London, ergo immigrants who had come to the land of plenty (as reported in national newspapers of all political persuasions) so when it was initiated I thought I understood the reason in the logic. However, I now know that this is not the case because it only affects council/housing trust tenants, therefore the people who I though it was meant to target are still living in their mansions in Chelsea and like areas, whilst the neediest are being targeted for living in a (more often than not) run down three bedroom semi (one of those being a box room) on a neglected council estate and yes it does make my blood boil. P.S. I am fortunate enough to have bought my own home but I still remember my roots!

Reply Posted by Martin on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 09:29
Wendy, I work 30+ hours per week, I live in a 3 bed council house with my wife and 2 kids yet we apparently have a spare bedroom and are paying "bedroom tax" and NO I don't want anyone to pay for me. Get a grip! Not everyone who lives in a council house wants it paying for by everyone else

Reply Posted by Mark on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 11:05
No, but a significant number of people do want others to support them financially.

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 07:55
This "significant number" wouldn't happen to be the same "significant number" that Duncan Smith kept trotting out is it? Because he got his hand slapped for misleading the public by lying about it. Turns out it's nonsense and the "significant number" is actually a very very very small minority.

Reply Posted by doglady on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 09:01
Martin,! was under the impression the so called bedroom tax only affected people in receipt of benefit,s of working age,ie unemployed

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 11:42
It affects anybody that lives in social housing and is in receipt of housing benefit.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 09:33
It had to be a wendy,with a comment like that,no gooder,that prob sits behind her twitchie curtain reporting folk for sod all,yes WENDY you,

Reply Posted by xxxx on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 11:35
what a sad pompus self rightious nasty piece of work you are wendy. this country is'nt in the state its in because of this government,its because of people like you who think its ok to judge people less fortunate than yourself,if working class communities had stood together we wouldnt be in this mess.lets hope things in your life dont change wendy and you find yourself on the recieving end of another wendy

Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 17:29
Working class means people that work, not folk that relay on the hand outs of others to exist, working class people could use the money that is taken from then in taxes to pay for the work shy and lazy, Socialism only works until what always happens when Labour get in power they run out of other peoples money, which is why this country is in the state its in because they borrowed £1,000,000,000,000,000,000 in the time they were in power and now we all have to pay it back. You can't keep borrowing on a credit card and and never pay it back.

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 07:57
" they run out of other peoples money, which is why this country is in the state its in because they borrowed"

Do you know what would have happened had the banks been allowed to fail? Every single bailout that Labour proposed was supported by the tories. While sat at your computer, perhaps you ought to educate yourself before spouting utter drivel.

Reply Posted by Mark on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 22:38
Well said. Quite right.

Reply Posted by Mark on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 22:41
For the purpose of clarity, my remark 'well said. Quite right' was intended to support the comment of Wendy and not Dave.

Reply Posted by Jaydee on Thursday September 12 2013 at 04:55
Where you been girl? Have you not been listening or reading the news? Our deficit has gone up not down since the coalition took 'control' despite all the austerity measures, there are some people feeling the austerity my love but I can bet my last pound it aint anyone who is in the 'Condem' gang. Just for the record, I have worked since I was 18, I am now 50, do not live in social housing and am fortunate to be on a reasonable wage however that does not stop me feeling the angst that poorer people are going through! I think you should start to show a little empathy to others, you never know when your chips may go down and hopefully for you if that happens, there will be enough understanding people around you who will be kind enough to disregard your snobbery and haughtiness to pick you back up!

Reply Posted by jus on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 11:36
Wendy I bet you have your own home and you've got a good job. So hunkydory.
You don't know the reason why many people are on benefits. God for bid, you don't get to experience it.
Council house are not for emergencies, its for people that cannot afford to buy a house or private rent. Its for people with low income. The ones that should be asked to leave, should be the ones that can afford to buy their own home, and have a very good was coming in.
The council gave these people their home, with extra bedrooms. I was given a 3 bed, just for me and my husband. I asked for a two bed, but I was not priority for one. I did live in Brierley and wanted to move to Cudworth. Even though famileys were wanting a 3 bed. They just did not want to come to Brierley.

There are no smaller properties, so they cannot be moved. They can only move to private rented property. Which cost hell of a lot more. So the government have to pay that.
Its discrimination to the low paid. If these people take in a lodger, who is responsible for theft, damage and the rent. A working lodger would have to pay the rent, but if they don't pay, its the person that's got their name on the rent book, that is responsible for it. The gas and electric will go up, and if split, it could be still more than they used to pay. I know someone that turns their gas off so there is no gas going to the pilot light. He wears woollies and a dressing gown to keep warm.
What about all the overseas people, they get housing, they won't be paying council tax and bedroom tax. The council are happy to take them on, and pay for private housing
Before I finish ranting on. The council should have built more houses, when they sold them off. Or never sold them in the first place!

Reply Posted by Jaydee on Thursday September 12 2013 at 04:36
Well said love!

Reply Posted by Avril on Tuesday September 10 2013 at 11:58
What planet are you from' Wendy' ? Council houses are for emergencies .. what utter rubbish .. do you honestly think ALL people living in council houses DON'T work ? You are very poorly educated love .. Council houses these days are just about on a par with private houses for rents !..Hard working people live in them too , and have done some , since after the war , when they were purposely built , along with prefabs ( which I think these are what you are getting mixed up with ) for people to live in .. nothing else .. councils built houses to rent out , to bring revenue in.. NOW al of a sudden .. when folk have lived there for donkeys years , brought their kids up , worked hard all their lives , but have then succombed to ilnesses and therefore Benefits . The council decide they need to charge them more for an extra bedroom ..?. they don t say we re giving you a smaller house .-. cos they havent enough . just pay up or shipout ! The Council have bought THOUSANDS of new builds ,, small houses .. that are all laid empty .. this doesn t get shown in The Chronicle or local papers .. because they don t want people to know ..No-one like to see young women who've never worked , with 3 or 4 kids to 3 or 4 different men living a better life because they receive more money than a worker , but they too are poorly educated .. like you Wendy !

Reply Posted by xxxx on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 10:19
and do you know what would have happened if the people who were running this country had thought about everyone ,instead of just their greedy selfish fatmouth selfs,just maybe they wouldn't have made the decisions they made and we wouldn't be having this debate.oh and wendy i worked none stop for 25yrs got made redundant 6mths ago and still havn't found a job,does that mean i am no longer working class

Reply Posted by Martin on Friday September 13 2013 at 09:11
Barnsley Council members weren't concerned about this issue when it was first proposed by Tessa Jowell when Labour were in government. What were her words? Ah yes, "tax them out of their homes" when talking about people with spare rooms. The coalition introduces a diluted version of it and the same people who supported it under Labour suddenly forget whose idea it was.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday September 13 2013 at 10:07
A lot of todays problems with social housing stems from selling off council houses, council housing stock should have been kept, this country needs it, as is clearly shown in the mess we have today.

Reply Posted by meee on Friday September 13 2013 at 10:15
Wendy let's hope u never end up in that 'emergancy' situatuation ey?? We could all lose r jobs tomorrow n be in the same situation as these thousands of people up and down the country!! The majority of people that have to pay bedroom tax are single people on basic job seekers, well job seekers is worked out to the exact penny of what a single person needs to survive for 1 week, yet the govenment have now reduced that by around £13 a week due to this bedroom tax!! And when you have nothing at all £13 is a lot of money!! If we, as a country, let this carry on then what will they tax us on next??

Reply Posted by xxxx on Friday September 13 2013 at 11:12
£74 a week, bedroom tax removed, £61 a week,not even £1 a day to feed themselves on, then theres the gas,electric,water,etc to pay for, do people really think that people choose to live like this,and im not just on about youngsters,im talking about 40/50yr olds who have found themselves on their own and having to survive on this.come on people get your heads from up your backsides and face up to whats really happening

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday September 13 2013 at 11:33
Well put xxxx

I agree with you.

Reply Posted by kip on Friday September 13 2013 at 11:47
Heard about an elderly man been evicted from is three bedroomed home on the Athersley North estate.Only to put a women and her child of african origin in the house he had to vacate !!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Teresa on Friday September 13 2013 at 21:23
Wendy I have been a council tenant for 23 years and paid full rent all along. Why are council houses fir emergencies only? Also some of the people who are on benefits have come out of work through genuine illness, they have little to live on as it is. Most have signed up for smaller housing but there is none. These people should'nt be made to pay when it's not their fault !