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Lively protests show the mood to fight over bedroom tax

Issue No. 2356

A protester marches in Manchester

A protester marches in Manchester (Pic: Penny Krantz)


Around 150 people marched against the bedroom tax in Bristol last week.

This included ten delegations with trade union banners and tenants preparing the first local meetings in their areas.

Hundreds of people who marched in Sheffield and Manchester took on the racist English Defence League on the same day.

In east London there were protests outside the Housing and Homeless Service in Bethnal Green, and a small but lively march in Leytonstone.

Activists in pyjamas and sleeping bags held a street meeting in Wembley, north London.

 And around 30 people came into Barnsley town centre for leafleting and petitioning.

There are plans to hold protests on 20 June when hundreds of people will be in court over council tax arrears. 

People were summoned for failing to pay after their council tax benefit was cut by 15 percent in April.

“They’ve done exactly what they did with the poll tax and called everyone in on the same day,” Barnsley campaigner Fran Postlethwaite told Socialist Worker. 

“So we’ll be trying to get trade union banners and all the anti bedroom tax groups there and show them they’re not alone.”


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