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Labour MP Frank Field called on the government to 'ditch the proposal altogether' [Image: PA].

Labour MP Frank Field called on the government to ‘ditch the proposal altogether’ [Image: PA].


The Independent is reporting the announcement that the Tory Government has shelved its “pensioners’ Bedroom Tax” plan for a year as a “climbdown”, saying ministers have “backtracked”. This is not true.

Senior citizens are being forced to live under the threat of the plan to charge them for living in “under-occupied” homes for a year.

Perhaps some of them will be able to save up a little, to stave off the inevitable consequence of this extra burden for a little while – but that just means they will have to do without some essentials this year.

What will go? Heat? Food?

Life?

It might come to that, as they try to find an extra £1,700 a year, in some cases.

It always comes down to this, in the end. Tory plans threaten people’s lives.

And of course, in this instance the Conservative Government lied to pensioners about their plan, saying they would protect the elderly from the Bedroom Tax.

That was probably a lie, made in order to cajole pensioners into voting for the Nasty Party as it prepared to do the dirty on them.

And the alternative to paying up is moving away from family and friends, most likely to flats that are unsuitable for older people.

That in itself could be a death sentence.

But then, Tories don’t care.

They’ve had the pensioner vote, but the pensioners themselves are surplus to requirements now. They don’t work, so they don’t make money for the Tories and their friends.

They are expendable.

This delay is simply an opportunity to torture them – for Tory entertainment, most likely.

Source: Government backtracks on a new ‘bedroom tax’ set to hit thousands of poorer pensioners | The Independent

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