John Sullivan
John Sullivan

This is another window tax. How desperate is this government to return our people to surfdom. Keep the poor poor, and make the poorer destitute. Rich people who run our rule our little island have no idea about what goes on at street level, no idea what 'poor' means. If you have a privileged, millionaire style background, you wouldn't.

Black Raven
Black Raven

As if the ordinary Joe isn't being squeezed and hurt enough as it is.

Barry Gallacher
Barry Gallacher

sign page not working properly! going to miss lots of signs!

Lynette Jones
Lynette Jones

if we stopped letting in people with sob stories of how they have had to leave their country, we would have plenty of housing and more benefits to go round, after all if we wanted to go to another country to live would they give us a home and money we haven't contributed to NO DOn't THINK SO.

Angharad Washer
Angharad Washer

When people were initially put into houses they didn't specify that they wanted the extra room unless they had a number of children under the government laws for councils of how many boys girls and age group differences there were. plus its not the family units that suffer it the single people that suffer as A)to start with its difficult for single people to get a property cause most properties go to families and your expected to live with your parents or go out and rent with no help on the...

When people were initially put into houses they didn't specify that they wanted the extra room unless they had a number of children under the government laws for councils of how many boys girls and age group differences there were. plus its not the family units that suffer it the single people that suffer as A)to start with its difficult for single people to get a property cause most properties go to families and your expected to live with your parents or go out and rent with no help on the privet market and that may only be a single room at an extortionate rate. not everyone goes out to play the system. if and when this occurs politicians have to pay extra for something see how all you penny pinching basxxxds can live and afford your lives of luxuries. And whilst we are on the subject its not the upper or mid upper classes your hitting its the everyday middle class and less. think your polocies over before you start grating your nation and the british people into the ground with all respect forget rule Brittania, its more like f@#k Britania.

Robert Northall
Robert Northall

The Truth of this Tax is there are not enough ONE BEDROOM Properties to make this Equitable! This will Cause Fractured Communities, Alcoholism, and a whole Raft of Social Problems that will cost MORE than this will bring in? So Much for Camerons "BIG Society" http://bbc.in/10AvFtT.

Soke Martin John Rogers

Keep the poor, poorer and make the richer that is there moto, taxes taxes & more taxes, they will be taxing the air we breath soon, they don't live in the real world and never have I think, they are all in cloud cukoo land.

Tracy Craven
Tracy Craven

I think is disscusting asking for tax on bedrooms we all have family's and grandchildren we have lived here all our lives and now your going to charge us for are bedrooms its a bloody cheek and some of us don't own our own houses like u the Goverment who owen so many we are not millionaires like u we weren't born with silver spoons in our mouths are parents worked bloody hard and still couldn't afford their own house next you will be taxing the air that we breath you are another margret...

I think is disscusting asking for tax on bedrooms we all have family's and grandchildren we have lived here all our lives and now your going to charge us for are bedrooms its a bloody cheek and some of us don't own our own houses like u the Goverment who owen so many we are not millionaires like u we weren't born with silver spoons in our mouths are parents worked bloody hard and still couldn't afford their own house next you will be taxing the air that we breath you are another margret thatcher only think of yourselves and and how much you can pinch of the working class and the disabled and pensioners and the less well off I never voted for your Goverment and never will leave us poor alone.

Lee Craven
Lee Craven
  • Tracy Craven

Here,here. I can see demonstrations coming

Lorna Taylor
Lorna Taylor
  • Tracy Craven

Cameron is blaming the old the young and the disabled and the unemployed for the state the country is in,no mention of all those politicians who have had their hands in the tills over the years and some of them have had their hands on innappropriate acts on children!!! What's been running this country is a bunch of paedophiles,thieves and now we have the Nazis!!!!

Michelle Veasey Was Baker
Michelle Veasey Was Baker
  • Tracy Craven

You had a nice big house to bring up your family - why can't you step aside to give another family a better life. I own my house and will be happy to sell it and find something smaller when mine have flown the nest as will most of my neighbours why should having a council house make a difference

Trevor Pace
Trevor Pace
  • Tracy Craven

DC Thatchers spoilt and priviledged grandchild

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Tracy Craven

Would you be so happy 2 give it up under these conditions......Apparently on January 1st 2014 the UK will open its door 2 unlimited numbers of people from Romania & Bulgaria, 29million people will be entitled to come here.....not just 2 work, but 2 take advantage of our benefits, housing, schools & health services, almost half of them live in poverty, so where would u go if u were them, that's right here in good old britain, i mean as if we don't already have enuf here already, don't get me...

Would you be so happy 2 give it up under these conditions......Apparently on January 1st 2014 the UK will open its door 2 unlimited numbers of people from Romania & Bulgaria, 29million people will be entitled to come here.....not just 2 work, but 2 take advantage of our benefits, housing, schools & health services, almost half of them live in poverty, so where would u go if u were them, that's right here in good old britain, i mean as if we don't already have enuf here already, don't get me wrong, i am all 4 helping those in need, but there's a limit 2 everything, our own already here are being stripped of everything as it is, this is a big world & they can't all possibly fit into the UK, we will become beggars in our own country because they will have it all, takes the micheal it really does!

Diane Lasken-Sondermann
Diane Lasken-Sondermann
  • Tracy Craven

Michelle Veasey Was Baker ....you sound like a communist. What right have you to tell people they can or can not have a guest bedroom? Read or watch "DR. SHIVAGO"..fine if you want to sell your home once your kids are grown but why should you & a bunch of control-freaks dictate to others who like their homes & like having a place their grown kids can visit what they may or may not do?

Karen Fitzpatrick
Karen Fitzpatrick
  • Tracy Craven

Let's see how you feel when you have grandchildren hey. What a horrible person you are, no understanding of people in difficulties. Like me with lung disease and arthritis. Let's hope you don't end up in this situation one day!!

Karen Fitzpatrick
Karen Fitzpatrick
  • Tracy Craven

Diane Lasken-Sondermann Michelle need's a reality check. What a bitch!!

Leanne Davies
Leanne Davies

I agree with the policy there are families living in over crowded council houses as the bigger homes are already lived in by people whose children have grown up and moved out, it is not your property it belongs to the council they maintain it and subsidise the rent everyone has the right to buy at the end of the day.I myself liked my council house enough to buy it when I was only workimg 16hours a week and lived alone with my daughter its not that hard.

Janet Forbes
Janet Forbes
  • Leanne Davies

People cannot afford to buy coucil houses now, even with a discount. Why should they be forced to leave somewhere they have paid high rents on for years.

Anne Doolan Chandley
Anne Doolan Chandley
  • Leanne Davies

people should never of been allowed to buy houses from the council thats one of the reasons there is not enough housing now!!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Leanne Davies

It is that hard if your sick & disabled leanne!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Leanne Davies

If the goverments had not let every 1 else in this country & give them houses just like that, then there would be no shortage would there, so its ok 2 toss people out on the streets & ignore their rights 2 a family life is it, which by the way is 1 of your human rights, plenty of people coming into this country & using those human rights 2 get housed, but we in our own country dont have the same, are you having a laugh here?, there are thousands of empty property's now boarded up, empty, yet...

If the goverments had not let every 1 else in this country & give them houses just like that, then there would be no shortage would there, so its ok 2 toss people out on the streets & ignore their rights 2 a family life is it, which by the way is 1 of your human rights, plenty of people coming into this country & using those human rights 2 get housed, but we in our own country dont have the same, are you having a laugh here?, there are thousands of empty property's now boarded up, empty, yet they can borrow 32billion 2 build a stupid railway route that only Bankers & VIPS's will ever use, don't see anyone complaining about that, or that the rich get council tax rebates on their spare rooms whilst the poor, sick & disabled have 2 pay 4 their extra spare room, when you sign a legal document saying your home is 4 life, then that's how it should be, proper makes me angry that some of you on here are that ignorant of the facts of peoples lifes, their situations, their disabilities, why don't you go tell it 2 the goverments, instead of being brainwashed by there clever tactics, certainly know where my vote is going at the next election!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Leanne Davies

Why don't you voice your opinion on this leanne, at least then you would be directing it the right way......Apparently on January 1st 2014 the UK will open its door 2 unlimited numbers of people from Romania & Bulgaria, 29million people will be entitled to come here.....not just 2 work, but 2 take advantage of our benefits, housing, schools & health services, almost half of them live in poverty, so where would u go if u were them, that's right here in good old britain, I mean as if we don't...

Why don't you voice your opinion on this leanne, at least then you would be directing it the right way......Apparently on January 1st 2014 the UK will open its door 2 unlimited numbers of people from Romania & Bulgaria, 29million people will be entitled to come here.....not just 2 work, but 2 take advantage of our benefits, housing, schools & health services, almost half of them live in poverty, so where would u go if u were them, that's right here in good old britain, I mean as if we don't already have enuf here already, don't get me wrong, I am all 4 helping those in need, but there's a limit 2 everything, our own already here are being stripped of everything as it is, this is a big world & they can't all possibly fit into the UK, we will become beggars in our own country because they will have it all, takes the piss it really does!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Leanne Davies

PS: Social housing is not owned by the council or goverment, get your facts right......In the United Kingdom, housing associations are private, non-profit making organisations that provide low-cost "social housing" for people in need of a home. Any trading surplus is used to maintain existing housing and to help finance new homes. Although independent they are regulated by the state and commonly receive public funding. They are now the United Kingdom's major providers of new housing for...

PS: Social housing is not owned by the council or goverment, get your facts right......In the United Kingdom, housing associations are private, non-profit making organisations that provide low-cost "social housing" for people in need of a home. Any trading surplus is used to maintain existing housing and to help finance new homes. Although independent they are regulated by the state and commonly receive public funding. They are now the United Kingdom's major providers of new housing for rent, while many also run shared ownership schemes to help those who cannot afford to buy a home outright.

Housing associations provide a wide range of housing, some managing large estates of housing for families, while the smallest may perhaps manage a single scheme of housing for older people. Much of the supported accommodation in the UK is also provided by Housing Associations, with specialist projects for people with mental health or learning disabilities, with substance misuse problems (alcohol or illegal drugs), the formerly homeless, young people, ex-offenders and women fleeing domestic violence.

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker
  • Leanne Davies

People should never been allowed in this country to take all the housing you mean anne!

Bailey Carter
Bailey Carter
  • Leanne Davies

The implementation of the tax is flawed. If they provided ENOUGH one bedroom properties to downsize to it would work. As it stands there are little or no one bedroom properties available

Catherine Wild
Catherine Wild

I have lived in my house for 9 yrs now and have no intensions of leaving they will have to drag me out by the scruff of my hair, I'm having nightmares about it, I am so happy here it's not right, my grandchildren come to stay every weekend, people are going to lose their homes because they will not be able to afford it, what is it something like 25% of your income for each room, then all you have left is enough to buy £10 electric, £10 gas and prob get a tenners worth of food to last you two...

I have lived in my house for 9 yrs now and have no intensions of leaving they will have to drag me out by the scruff of my hair, I'm having nightmares about it, I am so happy here it's not right, my grandchildren come to stay every weekend, people are going to lose their homes because they will not be able to afford it, what is it something like 25% of your income for each room, then all you have left is enough to buy £10 electric, £10 gas and prob get a tenners worth of food to last you two weeks, totally don't think so. I will stand my ground..WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED....

Jean Rowland
Jean Rowland
  • Catherine Wild

Well said Catherine I am also having nightmares and have been on anti depressants for some time because of this and other measures, I was working up until last year am nearly 60 and like you my grandchildren and children come here and help me as I am arthitic We Have To All Stand Together:)

Barbara Dawn
Barbara Dawn
  • Catherine Wild

just to clarify this- its 14% duduction in your housing benefit if you have one spare bed room and 25% REDUCTION if you have more than one spare room- so for example , you receive £100 per week now for a three bed property, but only need one bed, u will lose £25. if you need two beds you will lose £14. hence- u can see that those who may be single and unemplyed (lots of older middle aged with grown up families will fall into this category) and you live on £71 JSA, you will bepaying between...

just to clarify this- its 14% duduction in your housing benefit if you have one spare bed room and 25% REDUCTION if you have more than one spare room- so for example , you receive £100 per week now for a three bed property, but only need one bed, u will lose £25. if you need two beds you will lose £14. hence- u can see that those who may be single and unemplyed (lots of older middle aged with grown up families will fall into this category) and you live on £71 JSA, you will bepaying between £14 and £25 (in this scenario) towards your rent. uthority for discretionary housing payments- but this pot of money allocated by the government is controlled by each local authority and they make their own rules up about who is eligible for it and who isnt!
Not much left for food (proces on the increase again) extortionate gas/elec/water prices etc, and god forbis you might still need to run a car (for job interviews, possibilities etc) cameron and his cronies need a wake up call- I can totally see the reasoning behind these ideas, but they have not thought about the consequences of this- homelessness/ increased poverty/increased risk of crime etc - not really going to solve any financial crisis in this country is it?

Celine Wathier
Celine Wathier
  • Catherine Wild

Building more social housings means destroying green belts, parks, school sport grounds, etc.........all those spaces we should all fight for to save for our children or future ! Too many children already have nowhere to go to , to play in, to do....
Refurbishing derelict properties cost money which the government has not got ! It is already struggling to keep occupied properties into decent homes standard !
Blaming the government for everything is not helping !
It is selfishness, self...

Building more social housings means destroying green belts, parks, school sport grounds, etc.........all those spaces we should all fight for to save for our children or future ! Too many children already have nowhere to go to , to play in, to do....
Refurbishing derelict properties cost money which the government has not got ! It is already struggling to keep occupied properties into decent homes standard !
Blaming the government for everything is not helping !
It is selfishness, self righteous attitude which cause shortage of housing !
A property is yours to do what you want with and as you wish only if it is rightfully yours. Council flats are government properties and if it decides that it hasn't got the finance nor the resource to build or refurbish more properties, then it has every right to reclaim empty rooms or ask for money from its tenants wishing to keep the luxury of extra rooms while preventing other families in need of affordable accommodations.
Your selfishness is resulting in overcrowding houses, stress, depression, violence,....... the children are the ones suffering !
ISN'T IT TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT OTHER CHILDREN AND SUFFERING FAMILIES !
BUT I FORGET IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU PEOPLE AND WHAT YOU WANT !
AND WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR FAMILY 20, 30, 40, 50,........YEARS AGO !?!

Billy Hogan
Billy Hogan
  • Catherine Wild

It is a bigger problem that the government is "overcrowding" the country, in my area alone I struggle to hear a local accent, or even an English one. most of the small shops are "fly by nights" today Polish, tomorrow African, the day after another Eastern European national. It looks to me like the government or some powers that be, are giving out grants to Immigrants to start up business, they last max 3mths then close, and don't get me started on the houses..8-9-10 children per family,...

It is a bigger problem that the government is "overcrowding" the country, in my area alone I struggle to hear a local accent, or even an English one. most of the small shops are "fly by nights" today Polish, tomorrow African, the day after another Eastern European national. It looks to me like the government or some powers that be, are giving out grants to Immigrants to start up business, they last max 3mths then close, and don't get me started on the houses..8-9-10 children per family, mothers look about 18yrs old, we all know about the scam of groups taking the same children to the DWP like pass the parcel, and making a claim for child benefits for them, when they are queried..no speak english...jokes

Candy Jane Weston
Candy Jane Weston
  • Catherine Wild

in responce to Celine Smith-ish u do make a valid point about over crowding but there are many factors to this argument heres just one of them
this policy only affects those people who claim HOUSEING BENIFIT lets say i am a single person but live in a 3 bed house therefore have 2 spare rooms but because i work and pay my rent im allowed to stay in my council home with no consiquences please tell me how that is fair ????? i feel this policy should apply to everyone who resides in social...

in responce to Celine Smith-ish u do make a valid point about over crowding but there are many factors to this argument heres just one of them
this policy only affects those people who claim HOUSEING BENIFIT lets say i am a single person but live in a 3 bed house therefore have 2 spare rooms but because i work and pay my rent im allowed to stay in my council home with no consiquences please tell me how that is fair ????? i feel this policy should apply to everyone who resides in social housing not just a select few.
all this policy is doing is creating more over crowding because it doesnt take account for personal surcumstances such as divided familys with a father or grandparents having access to his/ their children on over night stays on weekends and school holidays.
so please tell me where it is selfish to want to retain a spare room for these reasons ?

Jane Mcewan
Jane Mcewan
  • Catherine Wild

We all have our opinions, each 1 as important as the other. It's pathetic it has came to this. It's the council that housed us in the first place, we pay our rent etc all our days & they decide to pull it out from under us. They should never have sold the council accommodation on. They were built for renting out to the people who could not afford to buy.
There is also a new way of how benefits will be paid. I|E Housing benefit will now be paid to the tennant & the tennant has to pay the...

We all have our opinions, each 1 as important as the other. It's pathetic it has came to this. It's the council that housed us in the first place, we pay our rent etc all our days & they decide to pull it out from under us. They should never have sold the council accommodation on. They were built for renting out to the people who could not afford to buy.
There is also a new way of how benefits will be paid. I|E Housing benefit will now be paid to the tennant & the tennant has to pay the landlord (cutting out the middle man). This is a recipe for disaster as far as i am concerned.

Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown
  • Catherine Wild

Barbara Dawn no offence but I think everybody is aware of what we have to pay as we, ve all recieved letters telling us how much worse off were going to be... so no clarification needed!!

Frances Young
Frances Young
  • Catherine Wild

Stop having children then

Rebecca Westlake Yearsley
Rebecca Westlake Yearsley
  • Catherine Wild

Candy Jane Weston buy your own house or private rent then you can have as many bedroom as you want

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