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Bedroom Tax, Now Even Frank Field Joins Protests.

Today in the Independent.

Brick up your doors, knock down the walls’: Labour MP Frank Field makes dramatic call as ‘bedroom tax’ hits

The cut will reduce a claimant’s housing benefit payments if their home is deemed under-occupied

former welfare minister has delivered a dramatic appeal to landlords to take direct action against the “bedroom tax” by knocking down walls or bricking up windows in protest against housing benefit cuts.

Thousands of people will protest tomorrow against the changes, which come into force on Monday, in more than 50 demonstrations in all parts of Britain.

Further campaigns of civil disobedience are planned next month over the bedroom tax, under which people face losing up to one-quarter of their housing benefit if their home is judged to be under-occupied.

I can’t say I’d ever had thought that Frank Field would say something like this!

Written by Andrew Coates

March 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

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  1. 220 pounds a month dole, gas. electric ,120 water 40 insurance 25 =185 now add bedroom tax £12 a week rent went up £5 a week and now £4 council tax = I will need to steal to eat !!


    March 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

  2. They are quick enough to jump on you when your accommodation is OVERoccupied…
    (though they park you for years there with no help to move into a bigger place)

    something survived...

    March 29, 2013 at 1:39 am


    “Putative” is a word worth knowing the meaning of, especially in relation to the so-called bedroom tax – which is itself a putative expression.

    Putative means: “supposed, reputed, or commonly supposed to be”.

    Yes, you could brick up a spare room, but I suspect a measure like that will not be too practical. Alternatively, a putative “spare room” could be turned into a functioning storeroom or study, and I fail to see how it could then be simultaneously classed as a spare room any longer!

    You see now what I mean with the word “putative”!


    March 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

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