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Free creme egg for paying bedroom tax leaves tenants outraged

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

V2C housing association's attempt at giving thanks has left tenants feeling insulted.

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Tenants have been left outraged by the offer of a free Cadbury crème egg for paying their bedroom tax on time.

Valleys to Coast housing association in Bridgend has written to its tenants thanking them for their efforts paying the controversial tax.

“V2C understands that this has been a challenging time and wants to recognise your payment efforts,” Nigel Draper, Head of Neighbourhoods wrote.

The association acknowledged that “money is much tighter now” with household bills also increasing.

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“As well as thanking you by letter, we would also like to offer you as a small thank you a free Crème Egg should you call into the office during the month of April.”

The misguided attempt at celebrating Easter has left many tenants angry at the housing association. Some have even pointed out that the trip to collect the sweet treat could cost more than ten times its price.

Kay Harris, a V2C tenant from Bettws, near Bridgend, branded the offer “insulting”.

Mr Draper defended the letter, telling The Independent, that the chocolate was a “small gesture” and “important recognition to those tenants who have struggled to find additional rent due to the bedroom tax.

“Over the last 12 months we have worked closely with our tenants to combat the worst effects of the bedroom tax,” he continued. “We always need to engage and keep the debate alive and the invitation to attend one of our regular walk-in sessions in Bridgend and pick up a free Crème Egg over Easter was a way of reminding tenants that even during the school holidays staff are available to help with financial advice.”

The so-called ‘bedroom tax’ was introduced in April 2013, under the 2012 Welfare Reform Act. Although not a tax in itself, the rules mean that council and social housing tenants with spare bedrooms receive less housing benefits for unoccupied rooms. The Labour party have pledged to repeal this policy if it comes to power in the next election.

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  • PJL1967  |  April 27 2014, 5:53PM

    "Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves." - George Gordon Byron http://tinyurl.com/p8yqldu

  • Scroggins  |  April 27 2014, 1:24PM

    Nice Gullivers travels reference there Dooyah.

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  • Dooyah  |  April 27 2014, 11:16AM

    Creme Egg War. Big End 0 - 0 Little End. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Post 1950: Never sign an agreement with the USA, they're toxic and the deal is one-sided.

  • PJL1967  |  April 27 2014, 12:00AM

    "What a curious economic century we must have had. The population must have gone through a period of laziness at the end of the 19th century, then felt a sudden spurt of energy and got jobs. Until the 1930s, when they got lazy again. Then they perked up around 1938, which was handy as it was just in time for the war. This was fine until 1980, when everyone changed their mind and decided to stay in bed all day, which makes sense as this coincides with the invention of the duvet." - Mark Steel, Reasons to be cheerful (2002)

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  • Gwyddno  |  April 26 2014, 10:14PM

    Cassie86: No. Stereotyping does not run through the whole of this thread. In fact, there is very little stereotyping.

  • Cassie86  |  April 26 2014, 9:18PM

    Gwyddno, hasn't stereotyping been going on throughout this whole feed? People who work think people who don't work are lazy, people who don't work think they deserve everything as a human right. The uk and the world is screwed by the people who run it simple as. Benefits in most cases are to easy to claim. Taxes are to high, it's a vicious circle. But when you constantly hear people who has services provided to them for free or subsidised you do begin to lose sympathy for them.

  • Gwyddno  |  April 26 2014, 9:05PM

    Cassie86: Please read PJL1967's comment to you again. He states that the tax-dodging rich would tell you to get a better paid job. The rest of your most recent post is just stereotyping.

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  • Cassie86  |  April 26 2014, 8:24PM

    Pjl 1967, if you're going to criticise my post please read it correctly. I do not receive any benefits what so ever to susadise my income hence working the two jobs one full time at 37.5 hours and one at 20 hours. As for your smart **** answer as to getting a better paid job, if they were available I would and will also be attempting to fit in a further 8 hours a week by furthering my education an training which I might add I have to pay full price for whereas if I were on benefits it would be free. Walk into your nearest job centre and count how many people are in there actively looking for work and all the jobs available on their computer screens. Then walk in to the nearest pub and count how many people there are in there drowning their sorrows telling the bar person there is no work out there and they don't know how they will cope financially as they order their 5th pint!

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  • Gwyddno  |  April 26 2014, 5:31PM

    PJL1967: Exactly. TTIP/TAFA is promoted as if the agreements would be about free trade but they are nothing of the kind. Drawn up by lawyers acting for multi-billion dollar multi-nationals, the aim is to give large corporations more rights than governments and to smash 'trade irritants*' into the ground. I am wondering if Monsanto milk, currently illegal in Europe, will be in our supermarkets and shops as a result of this. Obviously frackers and other fossil-fuel exploiters are hoping for a smooth ride. Factor Price Equilibrium (FPE) is another consideration when total neo-liberal free trade is active. It's all madness but then the people with enormous wealth to play with are, to most of us, psychopaths. * People.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 26 2014, 4:51PM

    PJL1967 Globalization and free trade benefits all, the only ones who are afraid of it are those who can't and make not effort to try and compete with the best. Besides trade barriers result in narrow nationalism. To be the best we have to compete against the best. As you know i'm quite a strong supporter of the EU, but like many developed nations we protect our farmers far too much. If i have a criticism of the EU is that's it's too protectionism, we should open up our agriculture markets far more, especially to Africa( which is capable of not only feeding it's self but also much of the world, with the right investment)

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