Just some brief notes on news out today that the bedroom tax is apparently “getting thousands into work”.
The author of the Conservative Home blogpost that carries the above headline, toff tory councillor Harry Phibbs, has conducted “an extensive piece of research” to support his claim. We’ve requested Phibbs make the FOI requests/replies available to the public so they can be scrutinized.
Although the headline is a tory neck swinger, Phibbs spends most of the blog explaining caveats to the figures, ending with a feeble attempt at turning the bedroom tax into a work-related success. Bollocks.
The reality is the bedroom tax, in concert with the rest of welfare attacks, is destroying lives, upending communities and severing socially supportive networks for hundreds of thousands of tenants. But the Gov doesn’t want voters to dwell on that stuff when they’re attempting to entrench divisions within the working class or trying to prop up a piece of crumbling legislation.
And Phibbs, once voted “The world's most unpleasant Young Conservative”, certainly won’t want to be dwelling on the human cost as he spins on some easily, deliberately misinterpreted figures.
Expect more shite from Phibbs all this week.