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The Queen Gets Involved In #BedroonTax ‘Fiasco’

October 6, 2013

The Queen has been drawn into the coalition’s Bedroom Tax fiasco by passing on a victim’s complaint letter to David Cameron, the Sunday People can reveal.

Dad-of-three Roger Davis, 50, fighting eviction from his three-bedroom home, wrote in ­desperation to Her Majesty ­after No10 ignored him.

Roger, who fears going out because of agoraphobia, faces losing his home of 20 years after the tax added nearly £100 a month to his rent and pushed him into arrears.

He turned to the Queen after the Prime Minister failed to reply to his two letters.

He then got a letter from Buckingham Palace vowing his request for help would be passed on to Downing Street.

Following that he received a letter from the PM’s office saying his plea would be passed to the communities ­department run by Tory minister Eric Pickles.

 

Response: Letter from The Queen’s office

 

The Palace said Her Majesty could not personally ­intervene in Roger’s case but there is hope he may keep his home as his council is assessing if he is due other benefits.

Last week a poll in the Sunday People found 60 per cent of ­voters back Labour’s plans to abolish the Bedroom Tax, which has hit 660,000 British households.

The ComRes survey found fewer than one in four supports the tax.

Roger said: “I wrote to Downing Street but they ignored me. I didn’t know who else to turn to so in ­desperation I tried the Queen.

“When I got a letter back it really lifted me. It meant a lot that ­someone in authority actually replied and acknowledged me. I wanted to make the Queen aware of the situation people are facing. I know she can’t personally act for me but it made me feel better.”

 


The letter from the Palace said: “The Queen has asked me to thank you for your letter from which Her Majesty has taken careful note of your ­comments about your current housing situation.

“However, this is not a matter in which the Queen would personally intervene. Nevertheless as a ­constitutional sovereign Her Majesty acts on the advice of ministers and I have been instructed to send your letter to the Prime Minister so that he may know of your approach to the Queen on this matter and may consider the points you raise.”

 

Ex-Age Concern carer Roger, off work for nine years since he had a nervous breakdown, faces losing his home in Herne Bay, Kent, because he has two empty bedrooms and the under-occupancy rules added £23.55 a week to his rent.

Canterbury County Court heard Roger fell £558 into ­arrears since the tax was introduced. He said: “I knew I couldn’t afford it. The only benefit I receive is employment support allowance. Home is my safe place, where I ­retreated to after my breakdown.”

Keith Cane, head of housing for East Kent Housing, said: “Taking a case like this to court is our only option if people refuse our offers of help and still don’t pay their rent. We have now been able to help Mr Davis make a claim for discretionary housing payment. If this is successful he should be able to pay the rent he currently owes.

“As this payment is generally only available for a temporary period we hope we’ll be able to continue to work with Mr Davis to find a longer-term solution, which could include moving to a smaller property.

We would encourage anyone having problems paying their rent to find out what local help and advice is available to them.”

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan byrne permalink
    October 6, 2013 3:39 pm

    What a load of shit is what I’m thinking right now

  2. deafjohn permalink
    October 6, 2013 4:16 pm

    queen doing nothing to help
    cameron will thrown letter in bin and not read it,
    why should people move to smaller if cant afford but living long time and spends and doing up the house .
    Queen should do something as everyone pay tax for queen upkeep.
    To me queen cant be shit about it
    it not the queen done the letter as it her sec as queen dont read everyone letter.

    • Nicola Clubb permalink
      October 6, 2013 6:39 pm

      DC has staffers who shield him from letters like the one from Mr Rogers so he does not find out the problems the policies the ConDems have put in place. DC would have been passed the letter from Buck Palace and likely skim read the letter from Mr Rogers before send it on to Pickles.

  3. Lynne Hook permalink
    October 6, 2013 6:14 pm

    Same as Susan Byrne

  4. October 6, 2013 6:51 pm

    lazy dole scum, make me me puke on my daily mail they do, get a job ! get working hard like lovely Sir David of Camoron you work shy scum.

  5. Khalid Shahzad permalink
    October 7, 2013 7:47 am

    Please could to help to save many Christian girls and children who need surgery and medical treatment in Peshawar Church bomb blast. Perhaps the Queen Elizabeth inviting Malala Yousafzai in Buckingham Palace. We just want to Save Many Christian Malala in Peshawar.

  6. October 7, 2013 11:51 am

    How touching!

  7. alan cotgrave permalink
    April 29, 2015 11:54 am

    why dont we all write to the queen.if possible all letters would be posted on a pre arranged day so that the queen gets thousands of letters at the same time. the queen could then forward them all to cameron

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