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Letters: Reforming the Bedroom Tax

Thanet Star recently received a letter from Lib-Dem George Cunningham.

Dear sirs,

With the so called bedroom tax affecting so many people here in the Thanet area, the good news is that the Liberal Democrats have taken the first step in reforming the bedroom tax by winning a crucial vote in Parliament.

Under the proposals, which were passed recently in the House of Commons, existing tenants will not be penalised when they cannot move into smaller accommodation because this is not available or where there is a serious medical reason for an additional room.

Our plans mean that any financial penalty would go to the housing provider rather than the individual claimant. The new system would incentivise social landlords to reduce the number of tenants under-occupying their homes, freeing up bigger properties for larger families.

These proposed changes to the policy have been welcomed by a number of organisations including Shelter, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Crisis, Oxfam and the Disability Benefits Consortium

However, Conservatives have stated publicly that they oppose reforms to bedroom tax and although Labour support the removal of the spare room subsidy, they have not indicated that they would also change the rules for the private sector.

George Cunningham

Liberal Democrat PPC for North Thanet

We at Thanet Star are pleased that George is taking this issue seriously. We recently received word that Sir Gale voted to keep the Bedroom Tax as it is at the moment - a deeply unfair and broken tax.

Well done Mr Cunningham.

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What could the Lib Dems do for Ramsgate?

Russ Timpson talks about his connection to Thanet and his vision for its future.

Short version:

  • Pro getting something done with Pleasurama (and disappointed that the local council have taken so long over it)
  • Pro Manston as a fright and ancillary service centre
  • Pro jobs
  • Claims a degree of being local to the area
  • Feels Ramsgate should and could be a prime tourist hotspot

I don't know about you but I like what he has to say.

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Did you talk to The Guardian?

Apparently The Guardian was in Broadstairs talking to people about the upcoming election next year.

Sadly my health did not allow me to go and join in with talking to the report(s) but I am hoping that some of our readers did. Perhaps you even managed to snap a few pictures?

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Short outage

We experienced something of an outage last night. It looks like the server could not cope with the load during a normal low usage time. This suggests that it was a Denial of Service Attack on the server. Hopefully that is because we are making waves by speaking up and not just because some spammer let their bots run wild.

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Does your Thanet business cover these SEO basics?

Sooner or later if you are doing any amount of business on line in Thanet then the phrase Search engine Optimisation (SEO) is going to show up sooner or later. But what does SEO in Thanet mean?

Targeting an finite population of web users with SEO is much harder than simply blasting the millions of people on the web. However the millions of web users are unlikely to be particularly motivated to use your business unless they come from Thanet. That is where Thanet SEO comes in.

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This is the Thanet Star guide to avoiding snake oil salesman and getting good Thanet SEO.

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