Conservative and Independent Councillors in Camborne and Redruth today voted to make some of the poorest people in Cornwall – their own electors – worse off by agreeing the new Poll Tax.
At Cornwall Council, the motion to impose a 25% increase in payments on disabled people, those working for low pay and those looking for work, was passed by a clear majority of the Conservative and Independent administration.
Jude Robinson, Labour Councillor for Camborne North, said:
“Local councillors should have thought more about people in the wards they represent. Ill health and low wages are higher in this area than anywhere else in Cornwall. People are desperate and the local Food Bank is already stretched. Cuts to housing benefits and working tax credits by the coalition government have hit people hard. Now the council will demand up to £20 a month more from people who have nothing to spare. This will cause even more hardship in Camborne.”Other news from Cornwall Labour