At times I have mildly vented my spleen at the bedroom tax. Today I am going the whole hog and with good and informed reason in light of a joke of an article in the Sunday People.
I am also calling for the Chief Executive of Womens Aid to resign over it. I am also stating that it is time the Labour Party grew a set of balls and also sacked their spokesperson on domestic violence and abuse – and it is telling that I do not even know the name of who that person is!
I have worked with domestic violence and abuse organisations for more than ten years mostly female yet also with the odd male domestic charity so this is not a rant of ignorance and it concerns what is called a sanctuary room.
A sanctuary room is is where a room in an abused home is made a strong room with strong doors and bars on windows for example so if the perpetrator gets into the property the woman and children can lock themselves away….in terror until the police can arrive.
Yet the bedroom tax is charged on such a room!
Does anyone in their right fucking mind think anyone ever sleeps in such a room! Would you be able to sleep at all in circumstances where your life is in imminent danger? No of course you would not be able to and so how can a room that is not used for sleeping in be a bedroom and have the bedroom tax applied?
How can it be that a room that is used once in every blue moon be deemed a bedroom? There dear reader is why the bedroom tax is a back of a fag packet policy in a nutshell.
So what are the Women’s Aid Federation of England (WAFE) doing about this? Are they advising their members the refuges and other domestic abuse services to support their tenants and clients to appeal the bedroom tax? Are they lobbying government to take away the bedroom tax from a sanctuary room which is a situation they have known about for at least two years? No, they are simply moaning about it with a quick comment in today’s Sunday papers…oh and it is Mother’s Day to boot!
Just what the hell does WAFEs chief executive think her role is if not to defend the rights of women victimised and affected by violence and abuse.
Then there is the Labour Party. If ever there was an issue on which to go big in opposition to the bedroom tax then it is the sanctuary room. It is outrageous that Her Majesty’s Opposition (giving Labour their official misnomer of a title) who also have had two years and more to highlight the sanctuary room issue and the absurdity that such a room has the bedroom tax levied on it to have stayed silent on this. They are not ignorant of the issue they are just incompetent and ineffective.
Levying the bedroom tax on a sanctuary would galvanise the entire country and expose just how offensive and ill-conceived the bedroom tax is as a policy. No one in any rational mind could argue that a sanctuary room is a bedroom for bedroom tax purposes or even the often irrational minds of the likes of IDS and McVey.
This is a gift horse of huge political capital that will acutely embarrass the governments bedroom tax policy yet WAFE and the so-called feminists in the Labour Party are where exactly? Probably being taken to lunch in some swanky bistro in central London celebrating Mother’s Day while so many more Mother’s are checking the locks on their sanctuary rooms!
I don’t want to be reading academic studies in a few years time when the data is in that the bedroom tax created an increase in domestic violence and abuse. Yet I will be reading them as that is a direct result of the bedroom tax and the canon of evidence that financial and money problems in a household lead to violence and abuse is voluminous in this area and this is precisely what the bedroom tax does by reducing income into a household. If I do have to read this my first thoughts will be WAFE and the Labour Party could and should have stopped this and easily stopped this.
The anti bedroom tax groups across social media and self-serving journalists on the Sunday People who miss the real issues and like to say the Tories have blood on their hands when it comes to the bedroom tax must realise that the Labour Party has too. So do social landlords and councils who state a sanctuary room is a bedroom. And while they all dither and miss the real issue the lives of women and children are put at risk by the bedroom tax ineptitude of all of you. Isn’t it time the real perpetrators of this in the coalition got blamed instead?
Happy Mother’s Dayl!