The councillor is quoted as saying (my emphasis):
"‘I believe this government has turned its back on the compassionate, COMMUNITARIAN conservatism that was once promised"
Communitarianism is the doctrine put forwar most notably by Amitai Etzioni and beloved by Tony Blair - make of that political issue what you will and Melvin yes I fully agree.
However the real reason I suspect is that Torbay has the second highest level of PRS tenants claiming HB in the country at just over 70% of all HB claimants (national average is 32%). Any reduction in applicability or HB damages this second highest enclave per capita of the private landlord to HB.
Hence the councillor is paying a political game here and trying to distance his parties policies from his own political likelihood of being re-elected which as Torbay has so many private landlords is distinctly unlikely!