December 4th, 2013

True Terrible Impact of Bedroom ‘Tax’ Revealed

Labour are forever telling us that the bedroom ‘tax’ is a vindictive and pernicious policy that will cause misery for thousands across the country. Well today the devastating consequences have come to light. Worcester News has the story of one victim, Lisa Taylor, a mother in Warndon. Her sob story of having to dip into savings makes for grim reading:

“Since the bedroom tax was brought in she can no longer afford to buy her son a PlayStation 4 for Christmas.

The horror.

H/T @moodyslayeruk


  1. 1
    Chuka demonstrating why he has not got a career in comedy. says:
    • 6
      i don't n eed no doctor says:

      Ummuna is stupid.

      • 16

        Wе аrе еxpоrtіng pіg sеmеn аnd Mоrrіs Dаncіng tо Chіnа аppаrеntly. Іt іs hаrd tо sее іf thеrе іs аny nеcеssаry cоnnеctіоn hеrе.

        Mіnd yоu, thеrе іs аn Umаnnа cоnnеctіоn…

      • 66
        Jeffrey Bernard says:

        So is Peter Bone. And Mike Ellis. And, now I come to think about it, virtually every other MP. Perhaps people at the bottom of Boris’s cornflakes packet with low IQs become MPs. Boris was once an MP. QED.

      • 117
        Who IS Harry's dad? says:

        Alan Sugar said of Ummuna, “He don’t know what he’s talking about”

    • 8
      Confused of St Ives, the one in England not Cornwall says:

      I can’t understand this story as she has now moved to a smaller flat so her benny income matches her rent outgoings. But before she downsized she would have been out of pocket.

      She is now better off, so what is the problem?

      • 11
        poor bloody taxpayer says:

        yes – more £ for cigs, booze, gambling, Sky in the Sty, mobile phone, junk food, taxis and all the other essentials

        then there is the chilld’s father to help out – isn’t there?

        • 18

          CNET today: Global PlayStation 4 sales reach 2.1 million units

          (minus one!) :-)

          • Toxic Labour for spongers, parasites, immigrants and criminals says:

            These sponging bastards should be housed in sheds or caravans. No income no house or flat. I’m sick of paying all this tax to raise other peoples kids.

          • XBoxed says:
          • Snoop Doggy Woof Woof says:

            The bedroom tax means more money for African children who don’t even have a Playstation 3.

          • Behindthefridge. says:

            What’s all this got to do with Camilla? I like the woman. She swears like a trooper and smokes like a chimney. Right up my street.

        • 110
          Theoldplod says:

          That Farage man keeps casting his eyes on Call Me Dave. Not another Tom D is he?

      • 20
        Anonymous says:

        its the child’s ooman right to have the latest gear, init?

    • 14
      Ed Milibiscuit says:

      My chauffeur can see in the dark

    • 33
      Anonymous says:

      NCP Car parks?

      National Car Parks Car Parks?

  2. 2
    True says:

    Better dead.

  3. 3
    retardEd Miliband says:

    I will weduthe the pwice of the Playthtaythion Four to fifty poundth for two yearth.

  4. 4
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    The questions labour and the BBC / Sky / Media should answer.

    How is the “bedroom tax” collected, and how much tax has been collected.
    FOI should make the answers easy to obtain.

    Over to you labour et al.

    • 77
      Anonymous says:

      The thing i find odd is that nobody seems to highlight people in overcrowded accommodation in this arguement,We have the whingeing that Grandad wont have a bedroom if his grandchild visits once a year but nothing about kids sleeping on sofas and trying to do homework etc.Its very odd.

  5. 5
    M104 says:

    I really do think that Nick Clegg believes that he will be DPM for years to come because he thinks that there is always going to be a minority “ruling party”. He believes that he will be able to smooth over the fury over tuition fees and all of the other back tracking, the scandals (join the Lib Dems my dear and this nice gentleman will shove his hand up your skirt for free) and the general smugness to ensure that not only does he get re-elected but that so will his band of slime ball incompetents

  6. 10
    Poor countries face hard choices says:

    How do Labour suggest clawing back some of the over generous amounts paid in benefits?

    • 15
      BBC says:

      There are benefits and there are entitlements. It is everybody’s human right to claim what is rightfully theirs and we will continue inviting any left wing mouthpiece on to our vast network, at your expense, until you are all re-educated.
      Here’s a copy of the Guardian, it’s all in there.

      Thank you for your money – this is just us being polite, it’s guaranteed anyway, mwahahahahaha

      • 45
        Peter Martin says:

        “‘Click’ is coincidentally about to run a full special on the development of an iPhone App to help those in poverty crisis locate a food bank if they can’t find a KFC of an evening on the way back from the pub. Plus a £10M helpline for their parents”, BBC sources have probably learned, and will punt out anyway without checking.

    • 63
      Labour remarkably relaxed about mass immigration says:

      We don’t !!

  7. 12
    Dave Cameron says:

    Let her buy Playstation 3

    • 51
      Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

      It just goes to show how out of touch the Prime Minister is with the public. Buying a PS3 for her son is the same as buying last season’s “must have” trainers. He will be bullied so the state must repeal this tax so order is restored.

  8. 13

    With the amount that is wasted every year, they could buy the PlayStation 4 factory one thousand times over.

  9. 17
    Nigel Double-Garage says:

    UKIP will give everyone a PlayStation

  10. 22
    One Track Mind says:
  11. 27
    David Cameron, my future is behind me. says:

    Dear Sony

    Please can you freeze the price of Playstation 4′s until after the general election?

    Thanks Dave

    PS – When will Angry Birds be out for the PS Vita?

  12. 28
    Kebab & popcorn time says:

    Plebgate row police officer to sue Andrew Mitchell for libel
    Toby Rowland, who was on duty in Downing St during altercation that cost ex-chief whip his job, insists Mitchell called him a pleb

  13. 31
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    First World problem, Ms Taylor– but even still, it was enough to make me clutch my bloody pearls, it was! A child without a PS 4– imagine!

    Will no-one think of her unfortunate child? Oh, the humanity! How shall I ever cope, after reading that story? Gave me a right case of the vapours, it did– I’ll have to take to my bed the remainder of the day now!

    • 47
      Anonymous says:

      In the comments on that story was this little titbit

      “I know this woman and shes cheating the benefit system,she does smoke and drink,and can get around quite comfortably,shes often seen dancing in nightclubs and never uses a walking stick,its all for the papers,and begging so people will feel sorry for her a donate presents.”

      • 67
        Will says:

        the problem with individuals like this who go running to the papers is that if thye are cheating the system it all comes out.

        • 92
          Somewhat offpissed. says:

          Yes, it’s called the ‘Benefits Con Conceptual Thickness Syndrome’ or, “If those stupid bloody drones at the benefits office can’t figure out what I’m up to then nobody else is going to, init?

  14. 32
    Capitalism KILLS says:

  15. 35
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Under these out-of-touch Tories, we have a Playstation 4 CRISIS .

    A Labour government would freeze Playstation 4 prices and set up a regulator to look into Sony’s profits.

  16. 42
    One-eyed son of the manse says:

    Is that Tom Daley and his new boyfriend in the picture, by any chance?

  17. 43
    Bob Crow says:

    Nationalise the Playstations

  18. 50
    Porn Tsar Perry Dalek says:

    I googled ‘rub nipples’ just to find out what Michael was on about, and I can tell you this. I was shocked. Ban the Internet – EXTERMINATE !

  19. 54
    Earl of Croydon says:

    As we don’t have a drought this Christmas maybe Mitch Ure and Sir Bob could come up with a new Band Aid song to help this poor woman and her child.

  20. 55
    Small businesman says:

    And the taxpayer coughs up another £350 million for RBS

    Still NOT ONE individual banker charged…

    What a fucking sordid scandal

    Priivatise the profits and nationalise the losses

    • 95
      Anonymous says:

      And why is it that – apart from attacking the the Co-op – this site has little interest in debating the mismanagement of the (piggy) banks?

  21. 58
    Ma­qboul says:

    The number of people falling into real Playstation Poverty is increasing everyday under this callous Tory led coalition.

  22. 60
    Ben Taylor of Worcester. says:

    Please if anyone can help with donations for my Playstation fund we would be very grateful. Coz if not I might have to go get a Saturday job and pay for it myself and that’s not fair because my mum has a walking stick.

  23. 62
    Labour remarkably relaxed about mass immigration says:

    Labour announces its new policy ” A Free Playstation 4 for every voter”

  24. 65
    Anonymous says:

    So the poor little bastard goes without, tough.

  25. 68
    Bastard Tory says:

    We won’t be able to buy any play station 4s until we settle the outstanding bill for the play station 3s

  26. 69
    Will says:

    its the new dickens of our time. Forced to downsize and cant afford a PS4.

    sorry but what about the poor bloody taxpayer who is supporting her, don’t thye deserve a PS4

  27. 70

    I haven’t even got a playstation 2!

  28. 71
    Will says:

    PS4 he should be so lucky I am so poor I have to play with myself for entertainment

  29. 72
    Anonymous66 says:

    Don’t Worry everyone some well meaning liberal charity is starting up a PS4 bank where they all go and pick up the latest console and games. Please donate more of your hard earned wages to help these people in their hour of need!

  30. 73
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Where are all these Bedroom Taxes flocking from?

  31. 83
    southglos says:

    your claim that the bedroom tax means people can not buy a games console shows you live in a fantasy world rather like the games on the console. It shows utter contempt for the reality of the situation when people are driven to such despair they commit suicide or get evicted. This tax is both barbaric and in reality a farce.

  32. 86
    Fibromyalgia Awareness says:

    Ahh, Fibromyalgia. Funny disease as it doesn’t actually exist. It’s a list of symptoms that have no cause. The other funny thing is that anyone I know who have it only “caught” it in the last few years when it looked like their DLA was about to be cut. And they are all overweight and unfit.

  33. 87
    Sickened with the BBC bias says:

    I used to love Martha Carney. Breathe of spring air etc. But now she apes to an extreme her BBC commentator peers to sublimate any tory criticisim of the last labour regime. Today on the News at One was another blatant example. Spoiling tactics. How they love it. Criticise labour and you get cut off quickly by a hectoring commentator. No subtlety about it. A labour spokesman gets free reign. Listen to the tape today. Blatant political bias. And who always just manages to get the last word? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the labour spokesman. Oh Martha, how professional, how well timed. You really have sold your soul to the devil. In the real world, away from the protection and the isolation of the BBC, your stifling of truth and fairplay would not last a day. Shame on you. Move on. Get a life. Start facing reality. Labour has already ruined this country and let loose again will just make it infinitely worse.

  34. 90
    Benefits for Votes says:

    Do you think….

    A) she votes Labour
    B) she votes Conservative
    C) she votes for the other wastes of space

  35. 91
    We Could not have bought him a PS4 with OUR taxes anyway says:

    Xbox One and Playstation 4 have sold out in the UK – and major suppliers won’t be able to deliver the goods until AFTER Christmas–major-suppliers-wont-able-deliver-goods-AFTER-Christmas.html

  36. 93
    Fedup with the whining benefit junkies says:

    Presumably not being able to afford a PS4 is a breach of her human rights!
    The son is 16 and should be able to get a part-time job and buy his own PS4
    My wife and I both work but have to pay a large mortgage (no subsidised housing for us), put our eldest through university and we have a 12 year old who is desperate for a PS4 but won’t be buying one for her.

    The woman needs a reality check!

  37. 96
    Right Full Rudder says:

    Reading the story, what actually seems to have happened is this woman found out she would be £12 a month worse off in housing benefit, so she spent £900 moving house. Which makes you wonder who her economics teacher was.

  38. 97
    Anonymous says:

    I work 150 miles away from home, earn just above the national average of £26,000 after tax and can’t afford anything for my two children this Christmas. So it’s fucking tough shit on her.

  39. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Having fun? Yet all the wore out (“witty”) comments do is to remind the world of how nasty and totally uncaring the right wing are. No wonder you lot have little time to worry about the poor not being able paying the Bedroom Tax – more interested in finding ways to avoid paying income tax? More interest in bank profits than hearing about people going to food banks? Same old HARD-right, same old (heartless) Tories.

    • 102
      Reality Check says:

      Yes really uncaring. By freeing up a house for a larger family that’s really uncaring.

      By the way moving people in public sector housing to accommodation more suitable for their needs thus freeing up public sector homes for families was in the planning when Labour was in power. Who ever was in power now would have carried through with the plans. And Labour playing silly buggers and stirring the pot just for the sake of stirring shows that their current team is too immature for responsible power.

      • 111
        Anonymous says:

        Then again, due to the lack of council housing stock, many people are now trapped into paying the Bedroom tax. And yet, had not much of the nations housing been sold – at knock down prices – then there would be little need to force people out of their homes. For while New Labour could have done far more for council house tenants, it is the Tories (with their ‘right to buy’ and Bedroom tax) that has led to higher levels of homelessness. How caring is that?

    • 105
      Anonymous says:

      Ring wing tax dodgers like Ken Livingstone

      • 108
        The Poltergeist says:

        Not hard-right. Just right (as in correct) and people sick of working so others can sit at home all day moaning that they can’t buy their kids the latest gadgets.

    • 114
      Anonymous says:

      We aren’t nasty and uncaring we are just realistic. The country simply can’t afford to keep hundreds of thousands of families like this at home doing nothing productive.

      Somewhere there’s a father who isn’t supporting this particular woman so it’s left to us to pay for her indefinitely. That’s simply unacceptable.

      Tax the rich more, I hear you say, but with 30% of all income tax being paid by 1% of the population, the surprise is why these generous souls bother to stay in the country at all.

      I wouldn’t.

  40. 106
    Biffo says:

    Shame about this woman & her boy whinging on like this. There are genuine people out there who have been caught out badly by this ‘extra room’ ruling – like a person who uses her spare room to store all her much needed medical equipment & families who keep a room for a son/daughter at Uni or families who would be willing to downsize but there’s no available downsized social housing in their area – not all social housing residents are on benefits BTW.
    Personally, I’d love a PS4 but can’t afford one – even more I’d love to be able to afford to have the heating on all the time. but I can’t so I just put on an extra layer of clothes.
    Anyway, why doesn’t the boy get off his a*** & get a part time job if he wants a PS4? At 16 my son was doing cleaning in the local supermarket every morning before school having done a paper round from the age of 13.

  41. 107
    The Poltergeist says:

    Her poor boy is stuck playing Battlefield 3 rather than Battlefield 4 this XMAS. Those evil Tory scum!

  42. 113
    Anonymous says:

    By my reckoning this woman is receiving £210 a week in benefits and she gets Housing Benefit on top of that ! Clearly there’s no Dad about so we are supporting them 100%.

    I’m self employed and this year I’ve had to pay income tax and NI payments that would have been enough to support two families like hers and that DOES include housing benefit – for both of them.

    And I don’t have a Playstation 4 either !

    There really is no justice is there ?

    We’ve simply GOT to find a way of stopping this ridiculous drain on resources.

  43. 115
    CS says:

    OK, Mandela died tonight. Yes it’s news and I did admire the guy but the BBC has gone right over the top as expected.

    Cold War program on BBC 2 interrupted with “Breaking News on BBC 1″ banners. I thought the Queen must have died.

    Then we get to the 10pm news and we find that Question Time and This Week have been cancelled so they can stream the BBC News Channel on BBC 1 as well it’s normal channel and there’s wall to wall coverage on Newsnight at the same time.

    That’s 3 BBC channels simultaneously covering the event !

    No mention of the Autumn Statement, of course.

    Now I see that Question Time is being switched to BBC2 after Newsnight.

    How can they possibly justify all this coverage ?

    Probably to cover up Ed Balls total embarrassment in the Commons earlier !

    Shame !

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