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Sharing rooms, giving up mobile phones

Issue No. 2347

Protesting against the tax last week

Protesting against the tax last week (Pic: Guy Smallman)

For many people the welfare cuts mean their council, landlord or the government interfering in the details of their lives in an unprecedented way.

The Tories’ definition of a spare bedroom would force couples and siblings to share rooms. Disabled people would be among the worst hit.

“We had a three year battle to get a place where my autistic 

12 year old son could have a room of his own,” Nikki Donovan told Socialist Worker on the London protest. “Now they’re saying we can’t have it, he’s supposed to share with a two year old.”

Parents have been told that if they can’t cope the offer is there to take the children into foster care.

One Glasgow housing association has been grilling tenants on how they spend their money. They’re then given “advice”, such as giving up shopping at Asda or owning a mobile phone.

But Birmingham council is replacing crisis welfare loans with spending cards that can only be spent at Asda—and only on approved products.

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