A letter deposited in the parliamentary library reveals that Boris Johnson wrote to Lord Fraud warning about the upcoming bedroom tax shambles way back in 2011.
The letter, spotted by the ever vigilant @AnitaBellows12, warns about the impact of upcoming housing benefit changes on foster carers. The Mayor claims that London is short of 2000 foster places and urged DWP Ministers to rethink the rule which saw foster carers have housing benefits docked during periods when they were in between placements. This is an issue of critical importance warns the Mayor.
Somewhat predictably Lord Fraud and Iain Duncan Smith ignored this warning completely. It was only as the bedroom tax descended into chaos that panicking ministers made some concessions to next month’s changes. Foster carers who have taken on a placement within the last twelve months will no longer be stripped of benefits for having room for the children they look after – although they will be limited to one room no matter how many children are staying.
Whilst this concession will barely make a dent in the number of tenants whose lives are set to be plunged into chaos when the bedroom tax comes into force, it does demonstrate how this entire sorry farce has been dreadfully thought through.
Readers should not be fooled by Boris’ comedy persona. Beneath the bungling toff facade there lies a posh fucking idiot. If even a clown like Boris can blow a hole in the bedroom tax a mile wide then it only shows what a desperately unfunny joke the DWP has become under Iain Duncan Smith.
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