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SALFORD WELFARE CUTS SET TO CRIPPLE ECONOMY
 

Star date: 14th March 2013

WELFARE CUTS SET TO LOSE SALFORD £31MILLION AND 1000 JOBS

Benefit cuts and changes to welfare, including the Bedroom Tax, Disabled Living Allowance and Incapacity Benefit, are set to take £31million out of Salford's economy and the knock-on affect could be the loss of around 1000 jobs in the city.

This comes on top of Government statistics showing that over four people are chasing every job in Salford, a figure much higher than the average for Great Britain.

Full details here…


At the end of this month, the Bedroom Tax kicks in, which will mean around 5,000 Salford people with a spare room in their socially rented home having over £12 a week taken from their benefits, or if in work, having to pay it direct.

On top of this, Council Tax Benefit cuts - brought in by the ConDem Government and passed on by Salford City Council - will see 19,000 people in Salford paying up to 15% of their bills for the first time.

At the same time, the replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will see 2,000 disabled people in the city, or 20% of those currently entitled, lose benefits – taking £8million out of the city's economy.

The ongoing Government scheme to kick people off Incapacity Benefit is also affecting around 5,000 people in Salford. This `reform' alone will also take £10.6million out of Salford.

Altogether £31million will be lost to Salford's economy, according to an internal Salford Council report seen by the Salford Star. And the knock-on affect could be the loss of around 1000 jobs. All this, states the report, is "just from the changes to Incapacity Benefit/Employment Support Allowance, Council Tax and Disability Living Allowance".

The real figure could be much higher, if things like the £14 a month rise in rent and service charges for Salix Homes tenants plus Salford Council and NHS redundancies are taken into account.

It's an economic reality that flies in the face of the ConDem Government's current `austerity measures' – meaning the `cure' is actually making the problem worse for cities like Salford.

The Government's answer to the community is to `get a job' but its own latest statistics (November 2012) show that 4.4 people on Job Seekers Allowance are chasing every job vacancy in the city. This compares to a Great Britain average of 3.9 people chasing every job.

In the public sector, a staggering 90,000 people have lost their jobs over the last three years in the North West – this includes people working in councils, the NHS and in education.

With this year's budget looming next week, the ConDem Government has been slated on its economic policy by public sector trade union, UNISON.

"The scale of the ongoing jobs crisis is deeply worrying" says Kevan Nelson, Regional Secretary for UNISON North West "Three long years of cuts - with more to come - and still there are not enough jobs to go around. The Government has got it wrong on the recession and it has sacrificed our recovery. As well as laying waste to our public services, cuts have a stranglehold on the private sector.

"The Government does have a choice" he adds "Use the budget to outline the bold strategy for jobs and growth that we so desperately need in the North West. Make people feel secure in their jobs and they are more likely to spend. Give public sector workers a decent pay rise and more money will flow through tills in local shops and businesses, helping our beleaguered high streets. The most damaging thing the Government could do is to plough on regardless with its reckless anti-growth, no hope, cuts strategy."

With those working in the public sector being financially flattened and facing redundancy, plus those caught in the welfare `reform' trap, and even more skint than before, it all adds up to economic meltdown for Salford...   


NO BEDROOM TAX NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST
Saturday 16th March 1pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.

Michael Felse wrote
at 13:22:36 on 18 March 2013
"Sick of it" - Let me educate you. My disabled mother was in a 2 bedroom family council home, father having died of brain tumors. With no one bedroom properties available you think this deserves a rent hike or the bedroom tax. I can bet these 5000 living in similar circumstances have given years of rent, rates and a life-time into building the local community that now prepares to dump on them.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 13:21:57 on 18 March 2013
@ sick of it, when you lose your job because of the savage cuts the governement are inflicting upon us all I think you might sing a different song. Then again you're probably being paid by the government to try and make people think somebody actually supports them.
 
Sick of it wrote
at 22:08:49 on 17 March 2013
Maybe when this tax comes in the 5000 dossers can pi*s off or get some self respect and support themselfs. Salford could then be populated by a vibrant, prosperous and creative community instead of a load of brain dead tramps.
 
R Clarke wrote
at 06:30:41 on 16 March 2013
This Government are like a Bull in a China Shop. With One Grazy Policy after the Next. There are NOT enough 1 Bedroomed Properties to move People from Larger L/A Housing Stock, Just Ask any Housing Dept, or Housing Assosiation. Many L/A Properties have very Small Box Rooms that might have been Classed as a Bedroom in the Past. But Nowdays would be below Min Building Regulations and the Law, To be Classed as a Bedroom.
 
kathleen newton wrote
at 07:00:34 on 15 March 2013
why is noone in labour r any other body not speaking out that there is a law, passed by a tory goverment , i believe, that if a space allocated as a bedroom is 70sq ft r under then its deamed to small to be classed as a bedroom and is classed as a box room. a room 9ft x 7ft is 63 sq ft. making mopst boxrooms classed to small to be classed as a bedroom. so a '3' bedroom house with the smallest bedroom 70sq ft r under is infact a '2' bedroom house. this means that the '3rd' bedroom is ineligable to be tax as a spare room if none ocupys it
 
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