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'Bedroom tax' protest

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 23, 2013

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CAMPAIGNERS are taking their fight against a 'bedroom tax' brought in by the Government to the streets of Penzance this weekend.

The protest is due to take place at the bottom of Causewayhead on Saturday from noon to 2pm and is organised by the by Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance, supported by Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance and Unite.

Brought in last month, the Government's new spare room policy – dubbed the bedroom tax – is part of the new universal credit scheme.

It means housing association and council tenants will have housing benefits cut if they are deemed to have spare bedrooms – 14 per cent cut for one spare room and 25 per cent for two – in a move designed to free up large houses.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  May 24 2013, 1:16PM

    A sales tax (ie an 'added value tax' - VAT) is the most regressive form of taxation introduced the the Tory Heath Government in 1973. How the 'value' is defined is perhaps one the biggest Orwellian forms of nonsense in the last four decades. Thatcher and Howe ratched up VAT in the early 80s as has this Government. For luxury goods it depresses demand and there is a bigger issue in the unlikely event that those goods are British made. For necessities - food, water, energy - it is unavoidable and hits the poorest the worst. All the bedroom tax will do will be to move people away from their families and work. Liberal Conservative policies do not match the supposed intention.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  May 23 2013, 9:11PM

    How about a higher top rate of tax for all the overpriced bankers, pop stars, footballers etc How about not being selfish and be fair with a system which is supposed to help everyone and not be treated as a lottery win of a cheap house for life. The system has been abused for years by people whose only skill is working the system referring to themselves as vulnerable yet preventing OTHER vulnerable people having what they have, yes we know Thatcher broke the system but that does not cancel out those already housed living in larger properties than they require are selfish. Sorry to be hard but people need to smell the java

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  • BobToronto  |  May 23 2013, 9:03PM

    You do not have visit a bank, attend a pop star concert or a professional soccer game. Why not open an account with a cooperative credit union, make your own music and organize soccer games with kids in the local park? Benefits are negative income taxes. The rates of both positive and negative income taxes should be debated. However benefits (negative income taxes) are a moral hazard and should be reduced if noy eliminated. Millionaires normally with progressive income taxes do pay considerable sums to the government. Evading taxes is wrong but millionaires will not pay more taxes if they are already evading existing taxes. Perhaps all income taxes and profits taxes should be replaced with sales taxes. Everyone would then pay the same fair rate. A tax on property value increases in value would help even the tax load between renters and house owners

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  • josdave  |  May 23 2013, 1:41PM

    How about a higher top rate of tax for all the overpriced bankers, pop stars, footballers etc who are on obscene wages and should contribute more?

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  • emurfitt  |  May 23 2013, 10:57AM

    Slashing the incomes of people already on the breadline and forcing the most vulnerable out of their homes is barbaric. There are better ways of saving money. How about cancelling the six-figure tax break for millionaires?

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