Scrap the Bedroom Tax

Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each other’s welfare, social justice can never be attained.

Helen keller

It seems that these days it is one outrage after another as this unelected government continues its so-called austerity measures and deliberate destruction of our welfare system. Among the ever increasing tallies of social injustices perpetrated against the poor, the disabled, the unemployed and the low paid is the bedroom tax.

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What is the bedroom tax

Housing Benefit ‘bedroom tax’ for social housing tenants will be introduced in April this year. What will happen is that under the new rules Housing Benefit will be reduced for working age people who have an extra bedroom. This will affect council housing and housing association tenets (social housing) with a spare bedroom who will lose 14 per cent of their housing benefit, or 25 per cent if they have two spare rooms. The Bedroom Tax penalises the disabled, single parents, families of those recently deceased, foster parents and the parents of children in the army or at university.

What makes this an even greater injustice is the shortage of one bedroom council homes.

Please Read Daily Mirror Article:
The great bedroom tax farce: Just 50 one-bed homes available for 7,000 hit in one city

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-farce-just-50-1745529

Take action:

Up and down the country in forty locations peaceful demonstrations are planned for March the 16th at 1 PM

For list of venues and other information:

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/

Lets have a good turn out, show the bloody Tories we will take no more

Spread the word via the usual social media.  

Here are some ideas for Placards and  banners  from Eoin Clark

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source:

www.facebook.com/photo

Here is another idea for a placard from the Newcastle group

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Source:

https://www.facebook.com/events/ 

Even if this does not affect you please support this protest. Solidarity is the key to defeating this evil government, we must support one another against the onslaught of these vicious welfare reforms whether we are fit and able or sick and disabled, employed or unemployed, well paid or low paid, retired or working age, have our own home or live in social housing. The government has detrimentally affected the wellbeing of the vast majority of people in this country except for the rich, it is time to say enough is enough and band together in unity. My family and I are not affected by this particular vicious and unjust reform but despite ill-health I, along with my husband and son, will do my damnest to join the protest.

The Tories have persistently adopted the age-old tactic of divide and conquer in order to cause disunity and resentment, such as the employed, particularly the low paid, against benefit claimants whom the government have ladled as “scroungers” living off tax payers money. The reality is we are, “all in it together” as the injustice of low pay is as great an injustice as the vicious unfair welfare reforms. It is in the interests of the Tory’s for us to oppose each other with talk of “strivers versus skivers”, the truth of the matter is the Tories are robbing the poor to make the rich more rich.

Keep in mind that in April while thousands feel the pinch of the bedroom tax the Tories will give 13,000 people earning over £1 million an average tax cut of £100,000.

Also interestingly Britain has 284,317 millionaires who are collectively worth £1.28 trillion, not including their main residences.

www.fmwf.com/media-type/news/2010/10/rich-list-britain-uk

Note the date on this article 2010

Wow!!!! that could pay for the so-called National debt, so why have the rest of us got to face these unfair austerity measures including these draconian welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax?

If you read the above article please note the following justification for this huge disparity in the distribution of wealth:

‘Some may argue a large number of millionaires reflect a clear disparity in a society. However, many of Britain’s modern-day wealthy are self-made and have become so through creating and running successful businesses, which bodes well for the economic health of the nation.’

Craig Phillips, principal of CoreData Research UK

Until we can get past this type of thinking there will never be a fair world were every man woman and child has enough to eat, adequate housing, warmth, clothing and quality of life. Whether self-made, lottery winners, or inheritance recipients no one has the right to such wealth while others struggle to get by or worse live in poverty. And don’t forget many successful businesses have become successful as a result of the exploitation of other people, such as the low paid both here in the UK and abroad; many business people have made their money by sending manufacturing to such places as China and elsewhere where wages are low which not only exploits already impoverished people but also results in unemployment in the UK.

Also see:

“Sunday Times Rich List: Wealth of the richest grows to record levels

“The combined wealth of the 1,000 richest men and women in Britain has risen to record levels in the past year, despite the country’s continuing economic slump”

www.telegraph.co.uk/finance

In simple terms this is not fair – the bedroom tax is a grave social injustice.

Why do the Tories need more bedrooms than you?

Why is it that some people consider one rule for you and I and another for themselves?

While an estimated 95,000 poor people will sink further into poverty as a consequence of the bedroom tax Lord Freud Welfare Minister and instigator of the bedroom tax lives in an eight bedroom mansion in Kent when he is not in London, when he is he lives in his £1.9 million home. Outrageous don’t you think that while this man has two homes and ten spare bedrooms he see fit to plunge other already deprived people into further detriment and misery because they have one or two spare bedrooms. Time for a mansion tax – odd how there was such an outcry when this form of taxation was proposed last year. In fact it is time for a more fair distribution of wealth. Is it right that while thousands are homeless this man has two houses with spacious accommodation far in access of his needs while depriving other of one lousy spare room. For Goodness sake are people expected to live like rabbis in a hutch! Incidentally I disapprove of keeping animals such as rabbits confined to a tiny hutch let alone expecting people to spend their lives in cramped accommodation, particularly a
house-bound disabled person who needs extra living space. Frankly everyone should be entitled to at least one spare room, a place for privacy and leisure pursuits.

More information read:

“Loads of room to talk! Bedroom tax Tory Lord Freud lives in eight-bedroom country mansion”. Includes photo of Freud’s Kent mansion ”

www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-tory-lord-freud

The injustice of this criminal tax is further accentuated when there are 710,000 empty homes in the UK.

Read More:

www.emptyhomes.com

And

“Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year

Almost 50,000 households across England accepted as homeless as repossession rates and unemployment rise”

“The shadow housing minister, Jack Dromey, said the rise was “inevitable”.

“The remorseless rise in homelessness shows how out of touch this government is with the human impact of its economic and housing policies. It is an absolute tragedy that in 2012 so many families do not have a home they can call their own.”

Read More:

www.guardian.co.uk/society

Information of interest gleaned from various sources involved in the protest.

According to the following message posted on the Durham bedroom tax Facebook page, people who struggle to pay their rent as a result of the bedroom tax may be eligible for discretionary housing payment:

“Those affected by the bedroom tax have probably received letters saying how much you have to pay from April 1st, but how many of you received a letter from the local council telling you to apply for DHP (discretionary housing payment) you can apply for this and get the amount paid for you. It was in the Times yesterday, first I had heard of it.”

https://www.facebook.com/events/472468769485261/

Here is information from Shelter concerning Discretionary housing payments (DHP):

 http://m.england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

If you have a small bedroom box room you may not have to pay Bedroom tax:

“OK PEEPS LISTEN UP ( BEDROOM TAX ) IF YOUR SMALL BEDROOM IS 70SQ FT OR UNDER IT IS CLASSED AS A BOXROOM THERE FOR CAN NOT BE CHARGED BEDROOM TAX , THIS IS LISTED UNDER THE HOUSING ACT 1985 SECTION 326 , PLEASE USE THIS DO NOT TAKE ANY EXCUSES FROM THE COUNCIL AS THE HOUSING ACT 1985 CAN NOT BE CHANGED BY LAW .

PLEASE MEASURE YOUR ROOM AND PUT YA FOOT DOWN AS THEY HAVEN’T A LEG TO STAND ON , I PUT THIS TO THEM TODAY AND I AM RIGHT , ( 63sq ft is 9ft x 7ft )” ……………….

Message on Birmingham’s protest facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/212109875580341/

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