Very quick blog on Sunday Mirror bedroom tax on Stephanie Bottrill.
1. Mirror says
“Solihull housing officials are trawling records of 700 Bedroom Tax payers. They expect to find 100 due a refund“
Firstly, Solihull has 1094 bedroom tax cases not 700 as stated in official and actual figures from November 2012. However if Solihull does find 100 cases that are exempt then this is over 9% and extrapolating this would mean 48,000 cases across the country.and 20% MORE than my estimate of 40,000 which the Guardian published this week. You will recall the DWP – after admitting its cock up – said it will be no more than 5000 nationally and so we see yet again a tabloid missing the real issue!
If Solihull figures are 100 households having the bedroom tax imposed in error then why does the DWP only expect them to find just 10 cases?
2. Mirror says:-
“But there can be no compensation for Stephanie,” said Solihull Labour Group leader David Jamieson, a friend of the family.
“This cruel tax brought about this tragedy and to find out she was being wrongly forced out of her home is doubly tragic.
Solihull is a Tory majority council and here we have the leader of the Labour group failing to realise that it is Solihull council who made the bedroom tax decisions in error in Stephanie Bottrill and it seems another 100 cases and who are just as responsible. So David Jamieson Labour leader at Solihull is letting his party down and his family friends down!