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Bolton marches against the Bedroom tax

by Mark Krantz
Issue No. 2424

Anti Bedroom Tax protest in Bolton

Anti Bedroom Tax protest in Bolton (Pic: Chris Chilton)

Protesters carried a bed, a coffin, and a skeleton in a wheelchair around Bolton last Saturday chanting, “Axe! Axe! The Bedroom Tax!”. 

Bolton MPs joined the protest, and the local council was presented with a petition signed by more than 3,000 people demanding they adopt a “no evictions policy, not a no homelessness policy”.

Marchers were also demanding that Bedroom Tax prisoner Michael Hilton is freed from prison. He was locked up following an incident with bailiffs.

“We are lucky here in Bolton as we have a strong campaign,” said march organiser Linda Charnock. 

“But in Accrington they haven’t got a campaign. So Michael never got advice or support when he got into arrears. 

“Michael had just £300 rent arrears, purely for bedroom tax. One day the bailiff came. 

“Michael did what I would have done. He barricaded himself in his home. That man is now in prison. He has been remanded in custody now for four months—for £300 bedroom tax arrears!

“How much did it cost for the bailiffs to come? For the police to come? For the court time? For his time in prison? 

“A bloody lot more than £300. Well Michael is not on his own anymore. We will be there again outside the court, supporting Michael.”

The outcome of the court hearing is due on Thursday of this week.

Martin McMulkin, secretary of Bolton trades council, said, “This is a truly grass roots campaign and the unions in the town are honoured to be associated with it.”


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Tue 7 Oct 2014, 17:06 BST
Issue No. 2424
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