Change Gonna Come by liam carr
Liam Carr, a regular contributor to Think Left, is one of the two Labour candidates for the Leadgate, Medomsley and Ebchester area .
It is claimed that the purpose of the bedroom tax is to save money and free up social housing but in reality people can’t downsize when there are no smaller properties. All that will happen is that the people affected will have to move into a similar property that is owned by a private landlord. Regardless of size these properties do not attract the bedroom tax. The cost to the taxpayer goes up, and the shortage of housing is not addressed.
Many private landlords look after both their properties and their tenants, but walk round any former council estate and you will see that there are 3 types of houses. Privately owned, council owned and private landlord owned. There are some private rented properties that are badly maintained and cost a fortune to heat. The council must use all the powers it has available to make sure that the decent homes standard is met. When housing benefit is paid to unscrupulous landlords, both the tenant and the taxpayer are being ripped off.
We hear about ‘austerity’ on the news; there is talk of the ‘chancellor’s failed economic policy’, but these are abstract terms. What they actually mean in real life is that people who have very little are being asked to live on even less and the disabled are being forced into poverty. Older people are having to choose between heating and eating and relied-on services are being put at risk. Permanent jobs are scarce.
We can expect more of the same from the Tories; they have tried to decimate Northern towns like Consett before. They are doing it again, not by closing the pits and the steelworks but by a policy of disproportionate cuts, under-investment and wilful neglect.
Change cannot come soon enough.
Published on Oct 22, 2012
A Change Is Gonna Come is a 1964 single by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, written and first recorded in 1963 and released under the RCA Victor label shortly after his death in late 1964. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, the song came to exemplify the sixties Civil Rights Movement. The song has gained in popularity and critical acclaim in the decades since its release.