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Campaigns grow against the Tories' hated bedroom tax

Issue No. 2349

Glasgow

Protesters targeted housing associations in the Glasgow region on Wednesday of last week.

There have now been meetings in over 30 places in and around Glasgow. 

The first meetings in the Paisley and Yoker areas each brought more than 60 people together to hear speakers including veteran campaigner Tommy Sheridan.

There were also meetings in Govanhill, Pollokshaws and Possil last week, and this week in Pollokshields, Kilmarnock, Uddingston, Airdrie, Easterhouse and Gorbals among others.

“I can tell you about the power we have when we stand together,” said one woman at the Yoker meeting. 

“I’m from the Kingsway flats. We welcomed immigrants to our flats, and we stood together and stopped the dawn raids against them.”

Norwich

The Norwich Anti Bedroom Tax Campaign called a protest at the Haymarket in Norwich. 

Over 100 turned up to protest against the tax  which effects over 3,000 people in Norwich.  

Tim Knight-Hughes

Chelmsford

Chelmsford Against The Cuts and Chelmsford UK Uncut leafleted and put on street theatre against the bedroom tax last Saturday.

Huddersfield

A solidarity demonstration was planned to support two people arrested on a bedroom tax protest at their bail hearing on Thursday.

The tax protest was a great success with over 100 people challenging the Tories welfare war on the poor. 

Nick Ruff of Unison (pc) argued the importance of the role of organised workers in opposing the tax. He said council workers should boycott the eviction process.

The march around town stopped briefly at Top Shop  and a Barclays bank. 

Martin Jones

Cambridge

Activists in Cambridge protested at the constituency surgery of Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert on Friday of last week. 

Manchester

Over 40 people turned out to the first meeting of Moss Side Against the Bedroom Tax on Wednesday of last week. Marches from Salford and Manchester are set to merge in Albert Square on Saturday.  For details see nobedroomtax.co.uk

Kent

Campaigners were set to lobby outside Thanet district council on Thursday where there is a motion calling for no evictions over non-payment of the bedroom tax.

London

On the first day that the benefit cap came into effect in the London boroughs of Haringey, Croydon, Bromley and Enfield, protesters targeted the benefit delivery centre in Stratford, east London.

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