Reading through the City Council's latest economic barometer data - a kind of city-wide economic health assessment - something jumped out at me:
'The first Government figures on the impact of the so-called "bedroom tax" have revealed that Norwich is the worst hit area in the East of England, with 2,900 homes losing out on an average of just under £700 a year since it was introduced.'
It's highly unlikely our two coalition MPs - both of whom voted for the Bedroom Tax - will be keen to publicise this fact.
What the report doesn't explain is that many of those individuals will inevitably be disabled, others will have children. Time after time this Tory led Coalition, with its Liberal Democrat apologists, goes against any semblance of common decency.
And yet despite the cuts to its budget Norwich City Labour Council is making a difference, pulling out the stops to mitigate this unjust tax by:
- Supporting people so they don't have to go to loan sharks and payday lenders.
- Prioritising the work of the city council welfare team, enabling them to help thousands with squeezed family budgets.
- Eco-retrofitting homes and introducing the energy Switch & Save scheme - slashing hundreds of pounds from energy bills
- Ensuring council-tax benefit is still paid in full to thousands of low-paid workers, disabled people and families with children
And let's not forget a future Labour Government would pull out the final stop and scrap this obnoxious tax - consigning it to history, which is pretty much where it belongs.