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Tenants burn bedroom tax threat letters

by Joshua Brown
Issue No. 2361

Protesting against the bedroom tax in Viewpark, North Lanarkshire

Protesting against the bedroom tax in Viewpark, North Lanarkshire (Pic: Joshua Brown)

Viewpark Against the Bedroom Tax held a 4 July barbecue in the front garden of North Lanarkshire Council offices (pictured).

Over 70 campaigners with their children, families and supporters from Viewpark gathered for a loud demonstration. 

They blocked the front entrance to the council offices for several hours.

Tenants affected by the bedroom tax burnt their eviction threat letters on the barbecue and cheered in defiance, chanting, “Axe, axe the bedroom tax, bring in a mansion tax!”

Anne Marie from Viewpark said, “No one will be getting evicted in North Lanarkshire. Anyone who’s threatened with eviction will have 60 people standing on their doorstep between them and the sheriff.”

Over 50 people attended the launch meeting for the Bolton Against bedroom Tax campaign on Tuesday of last week.

Karl, a full time carer, told how he has been threatened with eviction. When asked who would be prepared to stand in front of his house and block the bailiffs, everyone raised their hands.  

Chris Tavner

Workers in the Unite union were set to strike at Equinox housing in London on Thursday and Friday of this week. 

It is the third strike in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Picket lines are planned at sites in New Cross, Southwark, Bermondsey and Ealing.

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Tue 9 Jul 2013, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2361
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