STOP the 'Bedroom Tax'
To: David Cameron
Stop the 'Bedroom Tax'. Don't make the poor pay with their homes to subsidise tax breaks for the rich. If the billions lost to corporate tax dodgers and very rich individuals were collected instead of cutting tax-collectors' jobs then we could take care of the sick and vulnerable, easily! The housing crisis is not the fault of the poor. By encouraging more house-building the government could boost employment and ease the housing shortage. Curb rich landlords' profits on poor housing and thereby reduce the welfare bill if need be but stop punishing powerlesss people with the cynical 'Bedroom Tax'.
Why is this important?
Societies are judged by how they take care of their most vulnerable. Those in power should not be cynically distracting the masses by attacking the weakest; the young, students, immigrants, sick, disabled and elderly. Don't expect the masses to be fooled by these tactics for too much longer. Sooner or later, they're going to wake up and realise that they're next in line. Why not make our democratic society fairer by asking more from those who can afford it - those who have profited most from the shrinkage and privatisation of our national assets; the big corporate companies, bankers, politicians and their private health companies, hedgefund managers, private equity companies, PFI contractors, russian oligarchs, and other rich individuals? The rich have grown richer by exploiting the poor and this 'Bedroom Tax' is yet another attempt to reduce the welfare state. Meanwhile they continue to cut, chipping away at our welfare state, getting rid of hospitals, schools, public housing, swimming pools, libraries, welfare benefits, ad nauseum). The rich don't need, and don't want to pay for, any of this. Yet their wealth has grown enormously since the recession started. The wealthy continue to do quite nicely "Thank you very much" with their fat salaries and fat pensions, their directorships, private schools, investments, private healthcare, property portfolio, gyms, golf clubs, offshore: bank accounts, companies, country homes, town houses, and villas. Why are they so greedy? Why do they need my bedroom?
How it will be delivered
Firstly, we need everyone and their dog to sign this. Then I'll take to to Downing Street and deliver it in person.