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News in brief round-up

27 August 2013
Charities slam benefit tests | LGBT people face bigotry at work | Child poverty worse than 1960s

Benefit changes plunge thousands into poverty

13 August 2013
Thousands of people in 40 local authorities had their income slashed on Monday of this week in the final phase of the Tories’ benefit cap.

Protesters rally to support Reverend Paul Nicolson

06 August 2013
Activists rallied in support of Reverend Paul Nicolson outside Tottenham Magistrates Court in north London on Friday morning of last week.

‘Caring’ council leader hauls tenants into court over council tax arrears

30 July 2013
The Guardian newspaper ran an article on the Labour leader of Leeds City Council Keith Wakefield last week. It told a story of how he has stood up for benefit claimants.

Court backs bedroom tax - but protests grow

30 July 2013
The Tories’ bedroom tax is pushing people to despair but resistance is growing too, reports Dave Sewell

We will resist bedroom tax evictions

23 July 2013
Tenants and supporters were set to protest against the bedroom tax around England on Saturday of this week.

Claimants and workers fight bedroom tax in Manchester

23 July 2013
More than 100 people from across Greater Manchester came to the city centre last Saturday to launch a regional federation against the bedroom tax.

Tories lie to divide us

16 July 2013
The devastating benefit cuts are not enough for some Tories.  A group of MPs in marginal constituencies is calling for a vicious clampdown on teenage mothers.

Bedroom tax campaigns prepare for a national day of protests

16 July 2013
Campaign groups against the bedroom tax from towns and estates across Greater Manchester were set to launch a city-wide federation on Saturday of this week.

Tory benefit cap will drive thousands more into destitution

16 July 2013
Thousands of people took a huge hit to their housing benefits on Monday of this week. The first part of the Tories’ benefit cap came into force in the majority of Britain’s councils.

Tenants burn bedroom tax threat letters

09 July 2013
Viewpark Against the Bedroom Tax held a 4 July barbecue in the front garden of North Lanarkshire Council offices.

Bosses under pressure at bedroom tax conference

02 July 2013
Tory bedroom tax minister Lord Freud was far from welcome in Manchester last week.

Tenants demand a hearing

25 June 2013
Tenants in Manchester are demanding the right to speak at the Chartered Institute of Housing in the city this week.

Tory lord threatens councils over bedroom tax changes

25 June 2013
Tory benefit cuts minister Lord Freud threw down a gauntlet to council leaders last week. 

Campaigners fight Barnsley council's attack on poorest

25 June 2013
Some 200 people turned up at Barnsley Magistrates Court last week after being summonsed for not paying council tax. 

Birmingham march remembers bedroom tax victim Stephanie Bottrill

18 June 2013
More than 300 people marched through Birmingham last Saturday, in memory of Stephanie Bottrill.

Campaign halts first bedroom tax eviction

18 June 2013
Manchester campaigners have shown it is possible to stop evictions over new benefit cuts, writes Dave Sewell

Hidden attack in new Universal Credit

11 June 2013
The new Universal Credit benefit could include a mechanism for landlords to chase up rent arrears.

Tory reform means 600,000 could lose their benefit

11 June 2013
The government will stop accepting claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) this week. 

Join benefits protest in Birmingham

11 June 2013
Birmingham Benefit Justice Campaign has called a demonstration against the bedroom tax in Birmingham on Saturday of this week. 

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