Grantham Journal Letter: Politicians should not bury their heads in the sand

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In Letters (Journal, January 25), Coun Mike Taylor accuses me of not checking out facts when writing about the new Bedroom Tax being introduced by the Government from April.

Before Coun Taylor accuses me of failing to check my facts, he should be aware I checked them with SKDC’s housing officers prior to writing my article. I did round the figure slightly - downwards. I also checked a TUC report identifying the prejudice being fed by politicians about people claiming benefits, reports by Shelter and Defend Council Housing, which both concluded the Bedroom Tax could lead to more homelessness and insecurity if people do not continue to pay their rent.

I also considered a report produced earlier last year by Lincolnshire County Council which highlighted Grantham as having two of the largest pockets of child poverty in the county.

Rather than burying their heads in the sand, it would be better if some politicians take a hard look at the effect their decisions are having on our most vulnerable people, many of them hard working or unable to work through no fault of their own, and thought twice about a path of continued austerity.

Coun Charmaine Morgan

Labour Group Leader