Wednesday 28th September
6pm CASE Central
Discussion of the Voluntary Charter with Mike Aiken
Synergy Centre update
B&HCC renewed Council Tax attack
Action against welfare deaths with DPAC
Wednesday 8th June
7pm Friends Meeting House Ship Street Brighton
Meeting for residents in Emergency Housing & Temporary Accommodation in Brighton & Hove
Emergency and Temporary Accomodation is a scandal, provided not by the council itself but by companies who can make many hundreds a month for each shabby damp room, far more than they would get in rent on the open market!
The council is failing to provide people in need with secure, supportive and habitable accommodation. There are bedbugs in Grand Parade, suicides and drug overdoses, families and people with mental illnesses living in unsuitable conditions with shit cooking facilities and sometimes no ability to wash clothes.
If you are fed up with your living situation then you need to come to this interesting meeting with like minded residents who want to reclaim our housing, improve conditions and put pressure on the council to rethink their policy on Emergency and Temporary Accommodation.
If you have any questions or want to clarify anything then please email email@example.com
It’s time to fight back! Together we can expose the wrongdoing that is happening and we need your voices and horror stories. See you there!
LOBBY OF BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
3.30pm BRIGHTON TOWN HALL
Tell our city councillors it’s time to reject the austerity scam and refuse to make cuts!
The council meeting will hear petitions from local residents on several important issues:
BRIGHTON BENEFITS CAMPAIGN MEETING
6.30pm OLD SHIP HOTEL
Join us in organising for the new year, starting with action against a shameless corporate charity exploiting workfare.
There will be an open meeting of Brighton Benefits Campaign on Wednesday 18th November. Meet in the bar of the Old Ship Hotel at 7.30pm. We will use one of the side rooms. This is an accessible venue.
We will be discussing a variety of issues including Council Tax Reduction, tax credit cuts and local workfare exploiters. Also planning actions to come.
Before 2013, Council Tax Benefit covered the cost of council tax for people on some benefits. This was in recognition that, if you qualify for certain means tested benefits, you can’t afford to pay council tax.
Council Tax Benefit was abolished by the government in 2013, and replaced with a council run scheme called “Council Tax Reduction Scheme”. Since then, the amount of help the poorest households in Brighton & Hove can get with their council tax bills has been cut from 100% to 85%.
The council are now proposing another cut in this help – so that it will only cover 75% of the full council tax bill. Some people will therefore see their council tax bills go up by 67% from April 2016. This is despite the fact that, in real terms, benefits are worth less than they were in 2012, so people are actually less able to pay, not more.
From April 2016, life for people on benefits will get even harder, because the government are freezing all working age benefits and making big cuts to tax credits. The council’s proposal will mean yet another blow for these very same households.
This is deeply unfair. It will increase poverty and push people into debt. It is also not a sensible way for the council to raise money.
The amount the council is owed in unpaid council tax has already increased substantially because they are asking people to pay who are simply unable to afford to do so. Trying to plug a funding gap by billing people who can’t pay the bill is not just unfair and unethical but impractical, and will lead to the council spending yet more on chasing debts. It will also put people under even more stress and strain, which is likely to lead to even more pressure on local services, such as mental health services.
PUBLIC MEETING: NO MORE CUTS TO COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION
Thursday 12th November
Synergy Centre West Street (opposite the Odeon)
Called by Brighton People’s Assembly against Austerity, Brighton & Hove Green Party, Brighton & Hove Left Unity, Brighton Benefits Campaign, CASE Central
Join us to hear first hand what this will mean for people in Brighton & Hove, and to share your story. Speakers (details to come) and discussion.
OTHER ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
Sign the petition
Spread the word through your networks
We are now holding regular BBC meetings again.
The next is on Thursday 27th August. Meet in the bar of the Old Ship Hotel (opposite the pier on the seafront) at 7pm.
Upcoming campaigning includes a day of action against Pinnacle People, local anti-workfare pickets, events against austerity, mental health and the DWP, and much more.
Friday 20th June
Meeting to organise around July 10th Public Sector strike
A meeting to bring together workers in the public and private sector who work in central Brighton,, to discuss the best support for the strike action.
The aim is to raise awareness and support for the dispute among other workers in the central Brighton area.
12.45 – 1.30pm Friends Meeting House Ship Street Brighton
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Join us on the train – meet Brighton Station 11am
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BRIGHTON BEDROOM TAX VICTIMS SUPPORT GROUP
BRIGHTON BENEFITS ACTION GROUP
The next organising meeting will be on Wednesday 3 July at the TUC Unemployed Centre, Crestway Parade, Hollingdean starting at 7pm.
All are welcome to join in planning action against welfare cuts and attacks on housing rights.