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Demonstrations around Britain on anniversary of bedroom tax

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2397

The anti bedroom tax protest in Bethnal Green, east London

The anti bedroom tax protest in Tower Hamlets, east London (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Protesters took to the streets against the bedroom tax in dozens of marches, rallies and actions around Britain yesterday, Saturday.

The bedroom tax was introduced a year ago this week, leaving some of the poorest people with almost nothing to live on. It takes money off benefit claimants in council and housing association housing if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom.

It has cost Bertie, a tenant in Tower Hamlets, east London, a whopping £720.

"The bedroom tax is cruel, it's unfair and it's useless, because the homes haven't even been built for people who do want to move," she told Socialist Worker.

There were events in small towns, city centres and London boroughs. Hundreds marched in regional demonstrations in Leeds, Manchester and Cardiff.

Campaigners in Scotland, whose protests pushed the Scottish government into promising to mitigate the bedroom tax for tenants there, held a protest in Glasgow in solidarity.

Eileen Short from the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation which called the day of action, said, "The government is vicious but it's not strong. The majority of people are against the bedroom tax, and tenants are campaigning across Britain. We're determined to make the government back down."

For a full report see next week's Socialist Worker
antibedroomtax.org.uk

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Sun 6 Apr 2014, 09:34 BST
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