Socialist Worker

Mass sleepover protests catch the mood against the hated bedroom tax

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2367


An earlier protest in Manchester

An earlier protest in Manchester (Pic: Mark Krantz)

Activists were set to protest against the Tory bedroom tax in almost 60 towns and cities around Britain on Saturday of this week.

The event has been called as a “mass sleepover”. 

Activists will be pitching tents and cardboard boxes to draw attention to the threat of homelessness if people lose their homes to the bedroom tax.

The event was called on Facebook and quickly found a receptive audience from the bedroom tax campaign groups around Britain.

“A lot of people don’t have the money to travel for demonstrations, so we thought it would be good to have something locally,” organiser Angie Scott in Bristol told Socialist Worker.

“Since then it has gone crazy. We keep getting interviewed and we’ve had more than 3,000 likes on Facebook. 

“We’re just a small group of ordinary people who are affected by the bedroom tax or who know people who are.”

“After the sleepout the next thing is the march in Manchester on Sunday 29 September.”

The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax federation held its organising meeting on Sunday of last week. 

It voted to back a number of protests, including against the Scottish government and the Liberal Democrat and Tory conferences.

It is also organising a public meeting in View Park to prepare for battle against North Lanarkshire council. 

The council has warned tenants that it will begin legal proceedings for evictions in September.

Evictions

A coalition of disabled people’s organisations, including Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), are also preparing for a week of action.

This is one year after the Paralympic Games starting from Thursday of next week.

They are set to launch a disabled people’s manifesto in parliament on Wednesday 4 September. This is planned to follow a week of activities over issues from the bedroom tax to the closure of the independent living fund.

The theme is “reclaiming our futures”. It includes a day of local protests on Friday 30 September. 

List of local sleepovers at facebook.com/MassSleepover/info

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