Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Housing crunch

It is good to see that sense has prevailed over VAT on park homes. There has also been a logical compromise over VAT on hot baked food, if one that may be difficult to enforce. However, the publicity over the latter has obscured a more pernicious planned cut by the coalition, that in the rate of housing benefit, for the reasons given in this article.

That shows up the priorities of the popular press and the official opposition. Labour MPs and journalists are not going to face the day-to-day problem of keeping a roof over their head, but begrudge the extra pence for a hot pasty.

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