Boff on benefits

manifestolabourENTER The Boffmeister, as some local Tories proudly call him. Andrew Boff, a Conservative London Assembly member, is frustrated by the criticism of Camden Conservative leader Andrew Mennear’s backing of the idea that the council can help housing benefit cap strugglers priced out of the borough by finding them cheaper rents in Birmingham and Leicester.

The difference between the parties locally here is that Labour insist they really, really don’t want to do it but have been beaten into a corner by government policy. The Conservatives in return say they are practical enough to see that needs must and the reality is that there is a “life outside of London”.

As Labour guns rounded on Councillor Mennear for his support for a measure they themselves may soon implement, Mr Boff found himself in one of those things that have become known as ‘Twitter rows’ with Labour’s Tom Copley. As things grew heated online, he pulled out a familiar document. The Labour Party general election manifesto of 2010 reads: “Housing Benefit will be reformed to ensure that we do not subsidise people to live in the private sector on rents that other ordinary working families could not afford.” 

3 Comments on Boff on benefits

  1. The charge from Boff only works if you swallow the national Tory line that Labour won’t reform the welfare at all. Thta’s what they want the dividing line to be.

    The relevant description of Labour’s position is where we were when the legislation was passed – Labour called for regional benefits, the Tories passed a one-size fits all approach which has meant out-of-London housing because the Cap is at te same rate wherever you live across the country – which is bonkers.

    The question for the Tories and Boff is, knowing all the warnings, why they didn’t come up with a proper plan for London?

    • Das Kapital // February 11, 2013 at 11:43 pm //

      The blog is spot on!

      At the last first council meeting you had a Tory Cllr stand up and state that in his view no Camden resident was suffering any financial hardship (an obvious sufferer of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ syndrome), a Labour Cllr express concern about the sudden increase in female domestic violence cases in the borough, but yet who proceeded to vote for further cuts (yes, it will increase the number of cases even further) and a Lib Dem Cllr raise concerns about fuel poverty (yes, in Camden it’s one in ten households) knowing full well that his own party in Government is essentially doing nothing to tackle the root of the problem (ie, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer!).

      The message to all Camden Cllrs should be, just play another record!


  2. Terry Wiggett // February 12, 2013 at 7:14 am //

    Dear Richard

    Here we go again, the political battle for one seat within Gospel Oak ensues !

    What a carry on, is this the best our political parties can do, don’t they realise, the people have had enough of being hoodwinked by the politicians of Camden, who will use every trick in the book to gain a vote, but to what detriment, one has to ask!

    Never, before have I seen such poor morale within Gospel Oak, and yes I know from experience being the Chair of the DMC, who represents many people within Gospel Oak, both on a group and individual basis, although there are some power hungry politicians within who have lost the plot,with regards to transparency and fair representation of the peoples wants and needs.

    The crux of the matter is, the politicians are ignoring the people of Camden, by keep dismissing the pending Welfare Reforms, which are creating insecurity amongst the boroughs residents, the reforms are and will lead to poverty and financial hardship for all, who have become the “victims” of the Governments attack on those that are on assisted or means tested benefits.

    It’s disgraceful, that any councillor is even considering or endorsing a major decamp of Camden residents to cities that are not without there own problems! If Camden councillors cannot stand united with the people that elected them and oppose the Government reforms, then it is time they alone reflect their own positions and resign!

    Equally, it must be said that maybe it’s time for a “peoples party” within Camden and other boroughs to take the helm of the administrations that claim to represent the views of the people.

    Somewhere, along the line we are all being short changed, so vote for independents, it’s got to be better than the political mess, the country finds itself in !

    T. Wiggett

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