Patronising words on family budgets

First published in Letters

 Sir.–Councillor Hayley Eachus’ suggestion that cuts to council tax benefit can be managed by families learning to budget more efficiently is deeply patronising.

Those on low incomes are being hit hardest by the spending cuts, from pay freezes, cuts to crucial services, to reductions in tax credits, and housing benefit.

As for the suggestion that we can turn to the Citizens Advice Bureau for help, the CAB is a charity that is struggling to cope, in no small part due to the demand placed upon it by the increased difficulty in getting legal aid for anything but the most serious matters.

It is bad enough that we have to cope with these ideologically-based cuts in the first place. To be patronised by our local councillor into the bargain is really rubbing salt in the wound.

–Kate Murphy, Elbow Corner, Basingstoke.

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