Leading Liberal in offensive ‘bedroom tax’ slurs
Councillor tells families faced with bedroom tax to ‘cut down on cigarettes and wine’
Councillor McGregor said, in response to a member of the public who asked a question about the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on her daughter,
‘I don’t know why people are worried about paying their bedroom tax? It’s only a couple of packets of cigarettes or a couple of bottles of wine. For some people, it’s not even two bottles’.
Councillor McGregor’s comments were branded a ‘disgraceful slur’ and ‘an insult to vulnerable people’ by Northumberland’s Labour group in a joint statement.
His comments follow a grovelling apology issued by a Manchester based Housing Company which advised tenants to ‘cut down on Sky, cigarettes, bingo, drinks and other non- essentials’ if faced with charges under the controversial tax.
Labour group spokesperson Lynn Grimshaw candidate for Bothal Ward said
‘Andrew McGregor’s comments show his ignorance about a ‘tax on spare rooms’ which will hit an estimated 5,222 families across Northumberland. Families and individuals face losing between £446 and £886 per year and many families are struggling to pay their bills and Councillor McGregor has stigmatised them all with these crass, insensitive and misleading comments.