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Bedroom Tax Protests 14th March.

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Protest against the Bedroom Tax and Defend Welfare Benefits on the 16th of March.

In more than 30 locations across Britain people opposed to the Bedroom Tax will be gathering in city centres to protest against the policy on March 16 at 1pm, reports Andy Richards. Foster parents, disabled persons, single parents and families with a recently bereaved member are the people whom this policy hurts the most.

The Bedroom Tax works by reducing the Housing Benefit (HB) of a household which is deemed to be “underoccupying” a council or housing association dwelling according to a draconian set of criteria. Two children of the same sex are expected to share a bedroom up to age 16, as are a couple, even where illness or disability makes this impossible. Two children of different sexes are expected to share up to age 10.

The reduction is 14% for one bedroom “too many” and 25% if it is two or more.

List of protests (being updated)Coalition of Resistance  here.

More from Labour Left here.

Labour Left is organising ‘Bedroom Tax’ protests on the 14th of March.

Protests have already taken place.

Here is Liverpool.

 

Hundreds of people protested in Liverpool yesterday about the government’s bedroom tax.

The protest was organised by Stand Up In Bootle, which is part of umbrella group Liverpool Against the Cuts. Protesters gathered outside the offices of One Vision Housing in Bootle before marching to a Sefton Council one stop shop.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

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  1. to be fair, those of us who are in private rents have been paying something similar for the last 2 years, I don’t see why those in social housing should be treat any different

    Tony

    March 9, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Two wrongs don’t make a right!!!.

      Annos

      March 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      • So what your saying is those in social housing shouldn’t have to pay it, while people like myself on ESA who live in private rents should carry on paying like we have the past 2 years, even tho we pay more rent than those in social housing.

        Get a grip man

        Tony

        March 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      • Tony,

        Read what I wrote again, you clearly didn’t understand my post!.

        Annos

        March 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      • Tobanem :
        It is the greed of private landlords who treated the Housing Benefit system like a blank cheque that has caused the Housing Benefit cost to go sky high – especially in the private rented sector.
        Benefit recipients, whether living in private rented accommodation or in social housing, should not be paying for that greed.
        The resentful logic of “Tony” which says social housing tenants should not be immune when private tenants have to pay up, sounds just like Cameron and Osborne.

        Seriously what planet are you on?

        your the one thats coming out with divide and rule shite, your basically saying that it’s ok for those in private rents to pay it, but not those in social housing.

        Tony

        March 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      • It is the greed of private landlords who treated the Housing Benefit system like a blank cheque that has caused the Housing Benefit cost to go sky high – especially in the private rented sector.

        Benefit recipients, whether living in private rented accommodation or in social housing, should not be paying for that greed.

        The resentful logic of “Tony” which says social housing tenants should not be immune when private tenants have to pay up, sounds just like Cameron and Osborne.

        Tobanem

        March 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      • FAO “Tony”

        I think you should urgently take the advice already given to you earlier on by “Annos” and read his post (and my post) again – because you are certainly not understanding what I and “Anno”s have said.

        Read my post again, carefully. I am not saying that it is ok for private tenants but not social tenants to pay the bedroom tax. I did not say anything remotely like that.

        By the way, the term “your” you are using should be “you’re”, and no, I’m not in the habit of “coming out” with excrement as you have opined – nor am I in the business of divide and rule.

        Tobanem

        March 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • I have never paid this sort of thing and never will do as I live in a one room bedsit which includes the kitchen area, as such our landlady is responsible for the council tax as law dictates.

      This still holds true under Universal Credit, my landlady and I have checked this out at our local council offices.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      March 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      • Sorry if your wondering, I privately rent.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        March 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      • My one room (no kitchen etc) bedsit is technically liable for the entire building’s council tax. As a non owner I can’t get CTB. Luckily I don’t get asked to pay, but am threatened with
        eviction because of it. It was used as the means to evict me onto the street at previous houses. On one occasion as well as being made homeless I was given a CCJ and a fine without my knowledge till they’d happened already.

        something survived...

        March 13, 2013 at 3:17 am

  2. “THE FIRM : SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENT LAW JOURNAL”

    “03 Sep 2012
    Online Exclusive: Mike’s blog – Within our reach”

    http://www.firmmagazine.com/features/1190/Online_Exclusive%3A_Mike%27s_blog_-_Within_our_reach_.html

    Annos

    March 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  3. IDS, Hoban and Mc Vey on BBC Parliament Channel right now.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    March 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  4. I see divide and rule has spread its evil tentacles even onto this blog. Those like Tony should realise the Tories delight in watching workers fight amongst themselves – it means their class can continue ruthlessly exploiting us, safe in the knowledge we pose no threat to their obscenely privileged existences.

    Oh, and besides, when this mob in power have finished there won’t be any social housing left – it’ll have been privatised and the rents inflated to private sector levels. Who, Tony, will you be playing the politics of envy with then?

    Trevor

    March 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

  5. “Staring Armageddon In The Face But Hiding It With Official Lies –Paul Craig Roberts”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/03/10/staring-armageddon-in-the-face-but-hiding-it-with-official-lies-paul-craig-roberts/

    Annos

    March 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

  6. “Some of those decisions include limiting political campaign ads in commercial media, introducing a conservative definition of family and allowing the top prosecutor to select judges in cases.”

    “Other proposals include outlawing sleeping on the streets and a law requiring state-sponsored university students to remain inside the country upon graduation.”

    http://euobserver.com/justice/119355

    Annos

    March 12, 2013 at 10:50 am

    • Calm down dears

      ,,,,

      March 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

      • Yes dears CALM DOWN

        bbc

        March 13, 2013 at 8:51 am

  7. Now the Daily Mail is saying the bedroom tax is a “small welfare cut” and not a tax:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2292967/The-bedroom-tax-new-great-lie-Left-BBC-How-earth-small-welfare-cut-tax.html

    Tobanem

    March 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

  8. “The rent is too damn high for minimum wage workers in every state”

    http://now.msn.com/rent-is-out-of-reach-in-all-states-for-minimum-wage-workers

    Annos

    March 18, 2013 at 1:57 am


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