The bedroom tax is the latest in a series of attacks on housing rights which have targeted those most in need. Cuts & caps to benefits have already hit private tenants & mortgage-payers, & are now being aimed at social tenants. Many see this as the last straw, on top of the raft of cuts to in-work & out-of-work benefits & other attacks on claimants, including the abolition of Council Tax Benefit & Crisis Loans, restrictions in the entitlement to sickness benefits, the introduction of workfare etc. Benefits are not a luxury nor a lifestyle choice; they make the difference between survival & destitution for millions of us, & form the base for wages & conditions as well as rights. Yet our welfare system is under massive sustained attack.
Anger is rising at the war being waged against all of us by this government of millionaires, while they & their wealthy friends enjoy tax cuts. Previously separated groups – workers, students, disabled people & tenants – are uniting to fight back. The bedroom tax could be the last straw which binds us together!
An estimated 1600 social tenants in Brighton & Hove will be hit by the imposition of the bedroom tax. Join us for a lobby of the Housing Committee on Wednesday 8th May to hold the council to its promise of no evictions, among other demands. There will be a demonstration outside Hove Town Hall from 3.30pm – bring banners/placards/whistles etc.
A deputation will also attend the meeting & speak to the committee about the effects of the bedroom tax on local tenants. To support their case they want to collect evidence from people directly affected by the bedroom tax.
Volunteers from the victim support group are ready to answer queries and offer support, guidance and a friendly ear, while building up up a full picture of the local impact to present as tangible evidence to the city council. All contact between the team and people who wish to tell them their stories will be treated in the strictest confidence, respecting the right to privacy and freedom of speech. Anyone who is affected by the bedroom tax is invited to text the support group on 07503 746052.