Victimisation of the most vulnerable

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I see the bedroom tax as a criminal liability.

The constructive taking of property through unfair government bedroom legislation (reduced housing benefits) has been specifically designed to put a targeted category of tenants (predominantly those on sickness benefits, around 450,000 nationally) into an untenable financial situation.

This will necessitate them to relinquish their properties and their long-term financial and social investments in and around them, without reasonable compensation and replacement comparable housing.

This act is not applied to “every tenant”, OAPs are safe from it, as are full paying tenants.

This is targeted victimisation on the most “got at” vulnerable members of society. Is this fair?

There is an issue of the value of the property to the tenant.

After residing so many years the tenant get up to £68,000 discount if they buy their home.

The “hands off” taking of these potential assets can only be considered to be constructive theft. Is this fair?

There is a further issue of heavy investment into their homes, gardens and local communities.

The tenants, it appears, have to pay for removal costs, refitting bathrooms and kitchens, and expensive floor coverings, new curtains, refitting carpets and decorating, resiting garden fittings and plants, bushes.

All this is extremely expensive. Is this fair?

Then there is the incalculable social cost of isolating these poor victims even further from their friends, family and neighbours after playing a large part in the big society.

Do the sick and disabled not suffer from pain, isolation and loneliness already?

Is this fair as Mr Cameron would have us believe?

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