Brian Webster has written the following letter to the Star:
Nick Clegg has announced that the coalition are spending £600 million a year on a sensible measure to provide free school meals to infant school children from September 2014. Provided this initiative is properly funded to ensure that good, nutritious meals are always served it will benefit many families. The Childrens Food Trust, based in Sheffield, have hugely welcomed it.
I have to contrast this announcement with the £490 million that the bedroom tax will supposedly save in 2013/14. A National Housing Federation survey has found that more than half the people affected could not pay their rent between April and June. It is devastating people’s lives. Councils, housing associations and voluntary organisations cannot possibly offer the advice and support needed to hundreds of thousands of our most vulnerable people.
At the Lib Dem conference Nick Clegg made a hollow claim that they bring fairness to the coalition. The bedroom tax proves otherwise. And why did it take so long for Ed Miliband to pledge to reverse it? George Osborne initially announced plans in June 2010 and a high profile campaign led by Labour could have prevented this miserable 2013 for the poorest and most vulnerable.
Broomhill Green Party