Nothing illustrates the massive economic and social gap in Westminster than the large multi-million homes lived in by Conservative Councillors – a room for every occasion, every luxury and comfort – and the other Westminster where over 500 families claiming Housing Benefit face being moved to a smaller home or losing £18 a week because of the hated Bedroom Tax.
Is this the sort of society that we want, where the poorest have to pay for the failures of the bankers and move home, whilst the millionaires see a huge increase in value of the luxury homes and get a big tax cut?
Research undertaken by Labour Councillors has uncovered that;
• Councillor Philippa Roe, Leader of the Council lives in Eaton Terrace, SW1.
It is described as “Terraced, Freehold, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, 2 Reception rooms”. Its estimated value according to Zoopla is £4,926,287.
Zoopla estimates that this property has increased in value by £621,982 (14.5%) from 1 year ago
• Councillor Jonathan Glanz, Cabinet member for Housing, lives in Wimpole Street, W1
It is described by Zoopla as “Terraced, 8 Beds, 5 Baths, 6 Reception rooms”
• Councillor Melvyn Caplan, Cabinet Member for Finance, lives in Lanark Mews, W9
Zoopla says “This 3 bed freehold semi -detached house is located at Lanark Mews, London W9 1RY. Lanark Mews has 2 properties on it with an average current value of £2,037,045”
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“The growing divide between the very rich and everyone else is getting wider and wider in Westminster. Penalising the very poorest through the evil bedroom tax will make the situation worse by imposing another tax on the very poorest residents. This is happening at exactly the same time as millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. This cannot be right or fair or in the interests of the vast majority of people living in Westminster”.
“Councillors Roe, Glanz and Caplan are all strong advocates of the Bedroom Tax for the very poorest Westminster families. They all support this nasty tax on the grounds that people who need less bedrooms should downsize so that people who need more bedrooms can use these spare rooms. Councillors Roe, Glanz and Caplan all live in homes with more bedrooms than they need so I think it is fair to ask each of them what steps they are taking to downsize to smaller properties.”