Tory Hypocrisy In Cornwall #ClothesBank #Poverty

The time has come for some decision making.
I am a Member of Unite Community and a Member Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance. I am anti austerity.

I have been involved with the new and first Children’s Clothesbank in Cornwall. I was there at it’s inception.

Cornwall Childrens Clothes Bank launches in Camborne Cornwall Childrens Clothes Bank

I am very pleased at how well it has been received. Yet it saddens me deeply because there is such a need. It is because of this Tory Government and the Coalition before it that has pushed many families further in to poverty. In fact Cornwall now has one of the highest poverty rates in the UK.

Lately, I have had very little time on my hands due to personal circumstances. Not being able to give as much of my time to the Clothesbank as I would have liked.

The Clothesbank is to launch of a new branch on October 20th in Truro. The City Mayor has been invited to open it. I was never part of this decision making process…….

However, I have learned that the Mayor, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons is in fact a Tory Councillor.
This does not sit right with me. I’m afraid I can not stand by and watch a Tory Councillor tell us how wonderful it is that she is pleased to be opening the Event and how great people are for coming together like this. I could understand if ‘The Mayor’ is invited to open Art Galleries, Exhibitions and shops etc but to be opening something related to such poverty, that she herself has caused is HYPOCRISY at its best!!!!

It’s her and her Party Colleagues that are the main reason why the need for Clothesbanks and Foodbanks has risen!! They have gone after the sick and disabled, the unemployed and now they are hitting the ‘working poor’ by slashing their Tax Credits. Only recently we have had the Tax Payers Alliance and one of Mrs Eathorne-Gibbons Party Colleages – a Mr Liam Fox MP has had a go at pensioners.

I have reluctantly taken the decision not to be further involved with the ‘planning group’ within the Clothesbank.

I wish the Clothesbank every success for it’s future……..and I’m sure that now we have several more years of Tory Cuts ahead of us, it will continue to grow with the good Community Spirit that we have here in Cornwall……..but I reiterate that sadly the ‘need’ for such a facility should should never have been there in the first place!!!!!!



The Bedroom Tax and IDS is in Denial

Bedroom tax scandal wrongly charged to 40,000 council tenants – and Iain Duncan Smith is ‘in denial’

Campaigners like myself said this Policy was unworkable way before April 2013. We said then that it was full of holes but no one listened.

I am pleased to see that Labour has said they WILL get rid of it and I support Ian Lavery’s Housing Benefit Bill going through the House now. It gets it’s 2nd Reading on the 28th of this month. I ask all people affected by the Bedroom Tax, or not, to get in touch with not only their own MP but Mr Iain Duncan Smith himself. Get your own MP to be in the House to support this Bill. Go along to Parliament yourself, watch the proceedings, show others that you care. You don’t have to be suffering the Bedroom Tax yourself to see what utter misery it is causing. Please support others that are …
Together we can make History, as it’s not that often 10 Minute Rule Bills go all the way and WIN!!!
Many Tribunals are being held and many result in favour of the TENANT.
Sadly, it is a long process and the Tenant is accruing arrears whist they wait.
Ask yourself, ‘Why can a Couple in Wales have it ruled that thay CAN have their own rooms, yet others can’t???
Ask yourself, why can Constituents in Grant Shapps area not have to pay for their bedroom if it measures LESS THAN 50 sq ft??? Yet in other areas they do!!
As we read above 40,000 People were wrongly billed for Bedrooms they did NOT have to pay for last year.
This was NEVER about ‘freeing up properties’ – if that were so, then the Policy would have included Pensioners (not that I would want them to have to move either mind!!) Yes Cameron and IDS, we all know why the you and the Tories didn’t want them included, you rely on their vote too much!
Time and time again FOIs have proved there are nowhere near enough properties for people to ‘downsize’ too.
We have already had deaths due to this pernicious and hated TAX. Let’s have no more.
REMEMBER, the money – HOUSING BENEFIT goes to the LANDLORD not the Tenant!!!
I totally understand that there is a Housing Crisis and that many people are in need of housing, but, this crisis is not the fault of either victim.
Here in Cornwall, 10,266 Properties have been sold under the RTB (Right To Buy). If the Loacal Authorities still had this stock would there be a shortage? If they were allowed to build with the receipts from the RTB scheme would there be a shortage?Stop Bedroom Tax
The Bedroom Tax has proved itself to be so wrong and in complete chaos.
They know it, I know it and YOU know it….. so please, do all you can to get rid of it. Get lobbying  your MP now!!
Thank You