Letters: Jo Rust, September 22, 2015

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Lynn News Hustings at COWA'Jo Rust ANL-150422-085411009
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I love history, learning about times gone by, but under this Government I’m actually getting to experience it for real.

We are on our way to seeing the most repressive trade union and employment laws in Europe, taking us back to the days of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropist.

Although our local MP was asked not to vote for this Bill, he chose to ignore the request, ensuring that low paid workers will effectively be barred from being a member of a trade union because they don’t have the type of bank accounts that allow direct debits. Mind you, with the Welfare Reform Bill moving forward, most of them won’t be able to afford to pay trade union subs anyway. This cruel bill forces low paid workers into extreme hardship by cutting tax credits to such a level that even the trumpeted “National Living Wage” won’t improve their finances.

Osborne’s plans to cut from £6,420 to £3,850 the earnings level above which tax credits are withdrawn from April 2016 are combined with cuts to housing allowance for those under 21. The fact that the National Living Wage won’t apply to anyone aged under 24 sees the government discriminating even further against our young people.

What next, old style apprentices which see them in forced slave labour for seven years? Why not, after all, the young don’t care about politics, do they? With a recent front page highlighting over 4,500 people in our area have had a visit from the bailiff to recover debt, we know many are already facing a huge hardship. How much worse is it going to get for local people who don’t deserve this kind of treatment?

Jo Rust

Gayton Road, Gaywood