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'Bedroom tax, my arse'

Issue No. 2383

Ricky Tomlinson at the Manchester social

Ricky Tomlinson at the Manchester social (Pic: Mark Krantz)

Council and housing association tenants and their supporters found themselves chanting “bedroom tax, my arse” in Manchester last weekend.

Actor Ricky Tomlinson made a surprise visit to the Manchester Anti Bedroom Tax Federation’s solidarity social.

The bakers’ union Bfawu helped fill solidarity hampers of food.

And campaigners prepared to mobilise for court dates in January, when a number of landlords are attempting to get notices seeking possession of bedroom tax victims’ homes.

Petition forces bedroom tax debate in Ashfield

A petition that I started in April has forced our local Labour-controlled Ashfield District Council to hold a debate on bedroom tax evictions.

It was held on Friday of last week. I introduced a heated debate before the Labour group got a motion passed to improve help for tenants while looking into formally adopting a no-evictions policy.

John Moore

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Tue 10 Dec 2013, 17:47 GMT
Issue No. 2383
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