Church of England leaders have slammed Britain’s government over the controversial bedroom tax.
In a stinging rebuke of Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship welfare reform, senior clergy described it as “unjust”, “ineffective” and “deeply unfair”and a cultural disregard for the lives of the poor
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The Independent reports: At the General Synod in Westminster, they will debate whether the Church should hold an inquiry into the impact of the policy.
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The bedroom tax, which the Government says is the removal of the “spare room subsidy”, was designed to free up larger homes that were under-occupied by removing housing benefit for any spare rooms. But with a national shortage of one and two bedroom properties, many families are unable to move and have growing rent arrears as they are charged extra to stay in the same place.
A paper criticising its impact submitted by the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales ahead of today’s vote says: “As well as being ineffective, we perceive both the principle behind the policy and the consequences of its implementation to be unjust.”
The paper also asserts that: “In the principle of the tax we see a deep unfairness and almost cultural disregard for the lives of the poor and a devaluing of commitment to place and community which have always been a core consideration of the Church of England.”
It adds: “The bedroom tax voices a disregard for… the lives of the most vulnerable in a way that would never be done to the more wealthy and for this reason is unjust.”
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