And still they argue that people have to pay to value a service, seemingly forgetting that that’s not the argument if you treasure the NHS. By requiring poor people to contribute towards Council Tax, and saying only paying means you value the services provided, they risk a repeat of the injustice and disruption of the Poll Tax.
Note however, that they have chosen not to apply that idea to older people.
This was covered by BBC Newsnight tonight, who exemplified the story wih Nottingham’s figures – see below..
Eric Pickles has condemned such coverage by Newsnight and regional tv stations, saying
Labour councils protesting against the cuts have “a backing group of gullible and unquestioning BBC regional reporting”.