Bedroom tax victims offered 'bizarre and obscene' Cadbury's Creme Egg
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
Victims of the bedroom of tax who have made good with their rental payments have been offered a Cadbury's Creme Egg as a "thank you".
Brigend social landlord Valley to Coast has written to its tenants affected by the government's controversial under-occupation policy to assure them that their efforts to keep out of arrears will be rewarded - albeit with a 60p item of confectionary.
The kindly act has been described as "bizarre and obscene" by baffled tenants.
In a letter send to residents this week, Nigel Draper, VC2's head of neighbourhoods, wrote: "As well as thanking you by letter, we would also like to offer you as a small thank you a free Creme Egg should you call into the office during the month of April."
However, Kay Harris, VC2 tenant and member of campaign group 'Brigend Against the Bedroom Tax', slammed the gesture as "insulting" and pointed out that many of the 6,000-home provider's tenants live over six miles away from its offices - meaning they would incur a £6.40 bus fare whilst collecting their 'free' chocolate treat.
However, an unrepentant Mr Draper defended the landlord's eggs.
"The letter of thanks and small gesture of the Creme Egg is an important recognition to those tenants who have struggled to find additional rent due to the UK government imposed bedroom tax policy," he said.
Jamie Insole, from Cardiff & South Wales Against the Bedroom Tax, said: “It is rare that one encounters anything so simultaneously bizarre and obscene."