Momentum and anger is growing around the country over the vicious bedroom tax. The Bedroom Tax affects nearly 1.6 million people in the UK. From the 1st of April 2013, tenants of housing associations & social landlords will be hit by a possible 25% cut in their housing benefit if they under-occupy their home. This means: 1 spare room will see a 14% reduction in housing benefit; 2 spare rooms will see a 25% reduction in housing benefit. Many tenants will be expected to uproot their families, move away from their communities, their support networks and downsize to properties that simply do not exist; those who decide to stay will be constantly battling to make up the shortfall in rent. This should not be a question of move or stay; it should be about refusing to pay the tax full stop.
If you're in West Lancs there are two Axe The Bedroom Tax demonstrations in February:
Meet at 9:30am outside Nye Bevan Pool on Monday 18 February 2013. (Duration - 1 hour)
Meet at 10:00am outside West Lancashire Borough Council offices, 52 Derby Street on Monday 25th February 2013 (Duration - 1 hour)
More info to follow.