I have just finished reading your front page headlines and article on pages 8 and 9 on Thursday.
What sensationalism – massive cuts, divisive legislation, marches against legislation and condemned by all those who thought it up.
Seems you are using sweeping statements and making assumptions that do not speak for the majority.
Let’s take your example, Chris Baines, who can’t afford the extra small amount, but has spent thousands on his house.
The increase is barely one-and-a-bit packets of cigarettes per week.
Apparently he doesn’t work because his wife is sick with agoraphobia, a fear of leaving the house and open spaces.
My question is why does he have to stay at home with her for 16 years , does he never leave the house?
Chris states there will be suicides over this, an overstatement I would suggest.
So if Chris has been stuck at home for 16 years, being fit himself but looking after his wife, why did he not try to be a little innovative and find ways of working from home. Lots of people have through necessity.
Then we have Graham, who moved into his mum’s home to look after her.
Fair enough but unfortunately she died in 2002.
My mum died eight years ago, so I sympathise.
For the first time since then he will to pay council tax of £9.50 per week.
I have paid council tax in full for many years, sometimes when I could not afford it, but I budgeted and cut out the odd pint etc.
Then we have Danny Dorling, the expert on poverty and inequality .
He states it is government stupidity and pride.
Wake up, it is about getting this unsustainable welfare cost to be manageable.
I was brought up in Darnall more than 50 years ago.
Benefits were minimal. There were jobs, but not highly paid and people were motivated to work.
He calls it government stupidity, the welfare cost has spiralled out of control, due to successive governments making it easier not to work than work for a reasonable return.
So Smith of the Star let’s wait for the protests. It’s not the most popular levy, but we have been living beyond our means, making it far too easy to live on benefits.
Perhaps Julie Dore and the council could help those affected in the maximum £10 per week by a subsidy from the money they will save on getting rid of Don Valley, closing Stocksbridge and our libraries.