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Bedroom Tax


Claimants strike a blow against the bedroom tax—but there are still battles to be fought

Claimants strike a blow against the bedroom tax—but there are still battles to be fought A Supreme Court ruling on the bedroom tax yesterday, Wednesday, was damning for the government. But it set down limits on legal challenges to the hated policy.

The real cost of the Tories’ war on welfare reveals the truth behind it

The real cost of the Tories’ war on welfare reveals the truth behind it David Cameron and his crusading work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith made a mission of “reforming” benefits.

Reports round-up

Reports round-up Protest against Gatwick oil drilling | Storms brewing over Met Office pay row | Network Rail stations for sale | Radical Independence Campaign conference | Shepton Mallet cider workers lobby MPs | Action for Children charity workers back pay strike | Defend Rotherham anti-Nazis | Bedroom tax worse than predicted | Firefighters' dispute hots up in South Yorkshire | West Midlands FBU launch industrial action | United Utilities workers strike

Campaigners stop evictions in Bromley and Glasgow

Campaigners stop evictions in Bromley and Glasgow Campaigners in both Bromley, south London, and Glasgow stopped two evictions in the past week.

News in brief

Bedroom tax reversal after court ruling | Kingsley Burrell's family calls for inquiry | Daily Mirror did hack phones | Case of spying on Christopher Alder family

After five years attacking the poor, the Tories are back for more

After five years attacking the poor, the Tories are back for more The new Tory minister for disabled people is against protecting benefits for cancer patients and disabled children.

Bedroom tax victim jailed

14 October 2014
Bedroom tax prisoner Michael Hilton was sentenced to ten months in jail last week. There was anger and disbelief in court.

Bolton marches against the Bedroom tax

07 October 2014
Protesters carried a bed, a coffin, and a skeleton in a wheelchair around Bolton last Saturday chanting, “Axe! Axe! The Bedroom Tax!”.

Protest for man jailed over ‘ridiculous’ bedroom tax

16 September 2014
Michael Hilton, a East Lancashire housing association tenant jailed on remand because of the bedroom tax, is set to appear in court on Monday of next week.

Tories suffer defeat over bedroom tax

09 September 2014
The government was humiliated as it lost a vote on the bedroom tax last week. A private members’ bill from a Lib Dem backbencher got support from 304 MPs to 267.

Killing the bedroom tax can help us beat other attacks on benefits

26 August 2014
Benefit cuts are causing misery and despair—but we should be confident about fighting back, argues Eileen Short

Lib Dems attempt face-saving U-turn on bedroom tax

22 July 2014
The coalition might have hoped to bury a new report on the impact of the bedroom tax by releasing it on the same day as a headline-grabbing reshuffle.

Activists meet to organise unity for benefits justice against Tory attacks on welfare

10 June 2014
Campaigners from across Britain met in Manchester last Saturday to organise against Tory attacks on benefits. More than 80 people attended the national meeting of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation.

Family vows to fight after new bedroom tax ruling

03 June 2014
A High Court judge last week ruled that families of severely disabled children must pay the bedroom tax on rooms for carers.

Scottish bedroom tax cap lifted

06 May 2014
The government has said it will allow the Scottish government to decide how much Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) can be given to bedroom tax victims.

Reports round-up

22 April 2014
Protest to defend One Housing rep Bryan Kennedy | Ballot result due at First Great Western | London protest for South African Amplats miners | Anti-bedroom tax campaign calls meeting | Occupational therapists challenge 'bullying' in Greenwhich | Petition against Barts Health advocacy cuts in Tower Hamlets

Bedroom tax campaigners protest to stop any evictions

15 April 2014
Most people affected by the bedroom tax have stayed in their homes, according to new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Around half of them are in arrears as a result.

Unhappy birthday for bedroom tax as activists vow to kill it off

08 April 2014
Protests took place across Britain last Saturday to mark the first birthday of the bedroom tax, and to make sure it doesn’t see a second.

Demonstrations around Britain on anniversary of bedroom tax

06 April 2014
Protesters took to the streets against the bedroom tax in dozens of marches, rallies and actions around Britain yesterday, Saturday.

Bedroom tax costs more than it saves

01 April 2014
A year after it was introduced the stated aim of the Tories’ bedroom tax—to free up more homes by attacking the benefits of those they deemed to have a “spare” room—has failed.

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