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GMB research shows how we could build 80,000 new homes

04 June 2013
Some 80,000 new homes could be built in Britain - if half the money spent on housing benefit was spent on social housing, according to the GMB union. It found that £23 billion was spent on housing benefit in 2011/12. Much of this goes to the pockets of private landlords who have hiked up rents.

Lively protests show the mood to fight over bedroom tax

04 June 2013
Around 150 people marched against the bedroom tax in Bristol last week.

Tenants fight back against hated bedroom tax

04 June 2013
Tenants and workers are organising resistance to the bedroom tax across Britain, reports Dave Sewell

Judges rule disability tests disadvantage people with mental health problems

28 May 2013
Judges have ruled that disability benefit tests disadvantage people with mental heath problems. 

Tenants prepare for bedroom tax protests around Britain

28 May 2013
Protests were set to challenge the bedroom tax around Britain on Saturday of this week.

Defy bully landlords over hated bedroom tax

28 May 2013
Benefit slashing Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith called for an extra £3 billion of welfare cuts on Tuesday of this week.

Tory benefit changes - claim online, or not at all

21 May 2013
 Under the new welfare scheme all claims for universal credit will have to be made online. Benefit claimants will also manage their account on the internet.

Tory Universal Credit hits hard

21 May 2013
The Tories claim that Universal Credit will make 3 million households better off.

Benefits - there's far less fraud than they say

21 May 2013
A poll carried out by the TUC shows people think 27 percent commit benefit fraud.

Forced to spend 35 hours a week looking for fantasy jobs

21 May 2013
People seeking work are being made to search for jobs for 35 hours a week—on pain of losing their benefits. 

How Tory benefit lies create a job centre crisis

21 May 2013
The government claims that its benefits changes will help those out of work. But Annette Mackin looks at how the cuts hurt both workers and claimants

Benefit claimants launch legal battle over bedroom tax

21 May 2013
Ten claimants began a legal challenge against the bedroom tax on Wednesday of last week. 

Angry tenants defy the bedroom tax in Sheffield and Manchester

21 May 2013
Around 200 people protested against the bedroom tax in Sheffield on Saturday of last week.

Councils send out eviction letters, but face resistance over bedroom tax

21 May 2013
Two Labour-run Scottish councils have begun sending eviction letters to tenants affected by the bedroom tax.

Protests to take on Tory benefit cuts

14 May 2013
Benefits campaigners have called protests in several areas, including Wakefield and Sheffield, this week.

‘We’re not going to be victims,’ says anti-bedroom tax activists

14 May 2013
More than 350 people from 74 organisations met in London last Saturday to coordinate resistance to the government’s attacks on benefits.

Asylum seeker explains why benefits claimants should unite against the bedroom tax

12 May 2013
Manjeet Kaur told the Benefit Justice Summit in London how she fought eviction

London landlords prepare for evictions

07 May 2013
People who fall into rent arrears thanks to the Tories’ bedroom tax and benefit cap could face eviction. 

Tory benefit cuts target the poorest households

07 May 2013
Tenants across Britain are straining under the weight of the Tories’ bedroom tax. 

Hundreds march as Tory cuts hit poorest hardest

30 April 2013
Around 350 people protested against cuts and the bedroom tax in Middlesbrough last Saturday.

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