Join us in protest against the government’s new housing strategy … cuts to housing benefits which will lead to mass homelessness.
Meet at the Clock Tower in Brighton at 4.30pm on Wednesday 15 December.
Bring a large cardboard box!
Among the other attacks on the worst off, in order to pay the bankers’ gambling debts the government is making a massive attack on housing benefits and the right to a decent house. Proposals include:
- Housing benefit to be paid only up to the lowest 30% of rents in the area (currently 50%)
- Housing benefit to be cut by 10% after a year of being unemployed
- Council tenants to have only 2 years security of tenure and this will include successor tenants
- Mortgage interest payments to be slashed by half as the Consumer Price Index replaces the Retail Price Index (which is higher!)
Contrary to the ‘divide and rule’ tactics of the present government of millionaires, who claim that someone working doesn’t want to see someone without a job living in the same accommodation next to him, 80% of those in receipt of housing benefits are working. The real problem is low wages.
According to the Chartered Institute of Housing, ¾ million people across the UK will lose their homes. The cuts will throw households into spiralling debt and will lead to ‘social cleansing’ of large areas of our cities, as poorer people are forced to move out. In Brighton an estimated 12500 households will be affected.
These cuts are made against all of us, either in work or out of work, either on benefits or not. Their aim is to lower wages and make us fight each other rather than them. Only the rich and the bankers who caused the economic crisis will benefit.
Whilst investment bankers received an average increase in bonuses of 20% this year, hundreds of thousands of people face eviction or homelessness. It is not a coincidence that Topshop’s owner Sir Philip Green, who avoided a £1.25 billion tax bill last year (his wife relocated to Monaco!) has been appointed by David Cameron to lead an ‘Efficiency Review’ into government spending.
It’s time to fight back. The students have shown us the way!