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Tenants prepare for bedroom tax protests around Britain

Issue No. 2355

Protests were set to challenge the bedroom tax around Britain on Saturday of this week.

The day of action was called by the new Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation.

Thousands were expected to join an all-Scotland march in Glasgow. 

Demonstrations and campaigning were planned in areas around Britain.

Over 50 people met in Leytonstone, east London, last week and called a feeder march to a demonstration in nearby Waltham Forest. 

Local Labour MP John Cryer agreed to support tenants threatened with eviction because of the tax.

Tenants in Chorlton, Manchester, warmed up for Saturday’s city-wide protest with their first local march. 

It was led by a tenant who’d gone to prison for refusing to pay Margaret Thatcher’s poll tax.

They are also planning a protest when welfare minister Lord Freud addresses social landlords at the Chartered Institute of Housing conference later this month.

And a protest is planned in Birmingham on Saturday 15 June in memory of Stephanie Bottrill. 

Stephanie killed herself last month after the bedroom tax plunged her deeper into poverty.

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