Sandwell prepares for the invasion of the Cockney benefit snatchers

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COR Blimey, Guvnor, the Cockneys are coming to Sandwell and councillors are going ‘radio rental’ over the cost of the invasion.

A combination of high rents in London and the Government’s £26,000 benefit cap is set to create an exodus from the capital and authorities are already making plans to “dump” claimants in the West Midlands.

As well as the prospect of cockney rhyming slang and smell of jellied eels in
Blackheath market, Sandwell Council faces a huge bill when the Cockney geezers and their families arrive.

Finance chief Cllr Steve Elling told fellow councillors at Tuesday’s full council
meeting in Oldbury he is introducing a plan to safeguard Sandwell taxpayers by only offering council tax discounts to residentwhohave
livedin the borough for two years.

He said: “Due to the benefit cap, London authorities are dumping their residents all over the country.

“In Sandwell, we just cannot afford to cope with the influx of new people claiming the council tax discount which we will not get back from the Government.”

He added: “This is going to be a massive problem next year and this two-year residency clause in the council tax discount will put Londoners off coming to live in Sandwell.”


The move was supported at the council with the Sandwell Council Conservative group not contesting Cllr Elling plan to stopthe borough being overrun by Londoners.

Cllr Elling also announced the end of discounts for council tax for empty houses in Sandwell, a move which was called the “death tax” by Conservatives in Dudley last week.

Cllr Elling said: “It is a disgrace when so many people are desperate for housing that there are 5,000 empty properties in Sandwell, there will be a very small of properties empty due to death but not to go ahead due to that would not make financial sense.

“As it stands people are being rewarded for keeping houses empty at a cost to all other taxpayers and this has to stop.”

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12:52pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mike short says...

this a disgraceful piece of discriminatory journalism that is encouraging prejudicial attitudes towards incomers from London.
Would you write in such vein about other migrants - I doubt it.
Shame on you
this a disgraceful piece of discriminatory journalism that is encouraging prejudicial attitudes towards incomers from London. Would you write in such vein about other migrants - I doubt it. Shame on you mike short
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1:47pm Fri 7 Dec 12

dudley old boy says...

Mike Short do you have a spare room you could take a lodger
Mike Short do you have a spare room you could take a lodger dudley old boy
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7:09pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mike short says...

You seem to have missed the point (dudley) old boy! Or do you really not care that a newspaper should denigrate other human beings based on their regional accent and idioms and use scandalous descriptions of them in such pejorative terms as 'cockney benefit snatchers'! The story is a legitimate one to report but this style is totally inappropriate. It is far below the standards of journalism we should expect from a local newspaper with a long history in the area.
You seem to have missed the point (dudley) old boy! Or do you really not care that a newspaper should denigrate other human beings based on their regional accent and idioms and use scandalous descriptions of them in such pejorative terms as 'cockney benefit snatchers'! The story is a legitimate one to report but this style is totally inappropriate. It is far below the standards of journalism we should expect from a local newspaper with a long history in the area. mike short
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9:08pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Sam Vimes says...

Have to agree with Mike that it's a fairly prejudiced and pretty tawdry piece of journalism. It's hard to judge if it's the view of the paper or they are merely passing on the views of Sandwell Council though. I wonder if Cockneys were just the safest target to describe the nature of the potential arrivals?
Have to agree with Mike that it's a fairly prejudiced and pretty tawdry piece of journalism. It's hard to judge if it's the view of the paper or they are merely passing on the views of Sandwell Council though. I wonder if Cockneys were just the safest target to describe the nature of the potential arrivals? Sam Vimes
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12:16pm Mon 10 Dec 12

camdenalan says...

this is a blatent piece of racist journalism against cockneys,did they say the same when other nationalities entered the borough or is it just londoners,i dont think they did do you? I am from london originally and have lived in Old Hill for the best part of 13 years and its the first time i've heard such predudice from this newspaper or the council.
this is a blatent piece of racist journalism against cockneys,did they say the same when other nationalities entered the borough or is it just londoners,i dont think they did do you? I am from london originally and have lived in Old Hill for the best part of 13 years and its the first time i've heard such predudice from this newspaper or the council. camdenalan
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