Bedroom tax brings council together to ‘fight for Glaswegians’
Condemnation of Westminster’s welfare reforms has united the chamber of Glasgow City Council.
A motion on the reforms, especially the so-called ‘bedroom tax’, sparked a lengthy debate at the full council meeting on Thursday, February 21.
The UK Government’s legislation will reduce social housing tenants’ benefits if their home has one or more spare bedrooms.
The motion, put forward by Councillor Billy McAllister noted “great concern” for the “terrible impact these reforms will have on large numbers of Glaswegians”.
Councillor McAllister also spoke at length on the criticisms levelled at ATOS Healthcare, who carry out benefit assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
From the public gallery, a member of the public shouted:
“ATOS must be dropped as sponsor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games as they are killing Glasweigans.”
He was removed by police.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said that the outburst was ‘uncalled for.’
Councillor McAllister proposed the council write to the UK Government ministers responsible – Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith MP and Disabilities Minister Esther McVey MP – inviting them to visit Glasgow and meet those directly affected by these ongoing changes.
It was a debate that a number of councillors wanted to get involved in, with some taking to Twitter to make their voices heard.
As if writing to IDS will do ANY good WHATSOEVER!
NO TO BEDROOM TAX EVICTIONS! UK
NO TO BEDROOM TAX GLASGOW
NO TO BEDROOM TAX EDINBURGH
Glasgow Against Atos : https://www.facebook.com/glasgow.againstatos?fref=ts