By Peter Lazenby and Malcolm Burns in Britain:
Britain unites to axe bedroom tax
Sunday 31 March 2013
The tax financially penalises social and council tenants deemed to have a “spare” room – or forces them to move to a smaller property.
If tenants refuse they face eviction. It will hit 650,000 people.
Resistance campaigns have sprung up across Britain, and on Saturday they made their voice heard.
Campaigners massed in Whitehall, London, and placed banners on the railings of Downing Street reading: “Axe the tax” and “David Cameron, blood on your hands.”
Thousands assembled outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, and in Glasgow 5,000 protesters marched from Glasgow Green to join a crowd assembled in historic George Square where the crowd heard passionate speeches.
“We know who the ratbags are – and we’re sending in the ratcatchers!” said anti-bedroom tax campaign leader Fiona Jordan.
“There will be no evictions, because there will be no bedroom tax!”
Scottish TUC assistant secretary Helen Martin warned Scotland’s government: “We expect you to be the first line of defence for the Scottish people, to stand up and put our money where your mouth is – fund the benefits gap and ensure no evictions.”
John McFarlane of Dundee Campaign against the Bedroom Tax said: “We have already won our first victory – we forced Dundee City Council to say there will be no evictions as a result of the bedroom tax for a year,” said Mr McFarlane. “But that’s not good enough – it must be no evictions ever.”
The campaign against the tax has growing support from trade unions.
In Leeds, Communications Workers Union flags flew as protesters gathered on the steps of the town hall and protesters chanted: “Axe the tax!”
In Liverpool hundreds of protesters from communities across the city marched against the tax.
Resistance is spreading to councils whose tenants will be hit.
Eleven councils have pledged not to evict tenants in arrears due to the tax. Nottingham council has redesignated all tower-block flats as one-bedroom dwellings to protect tenants.
See also here.
A letter to the editor of daily The Morning Star says:
There’s still time to defeat the bedroom tax
Sunday 31 March 2013
The fight to defeat the bedroom tax continues.
Dave Moxham from the STUC and the Govan Law Centre’s Mike Dailly, who took the petition against the tax to the Scottish Parliament, will speak along with local activists.
The growing alliance between community and trade union activists in West Dunbartonshire and beyond will fight tooth and nail against the welfare reforms imposed by this government of the capitalist class on workers and the unemployed.
Such alliances should be joined by any politician who claims to represent their working-class constituency as we seek to channel the rage felt at grassroots level into a national movement for real political change.
The meeting starts at 11am sharp and all are welcome.
George McFarlane, Vale of Tenants Association
Tom Morrison, Secretary, Clydebank TUC
- Tommy Sheridan suggests second home tax for millionaire politicians as he joins bedroom tax protests (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Bedroom tax: Thousands protest across Scotland (scotsman.com)
- Thousands of protestors demonstrate in Glasgow over Coalition Government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’ policy (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Time to make a united stand against bedroom tax (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Hundreds march to protest against the bedroom tax in Manchester (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Wales News: Protest take place across Wales against Government’s bedroom tax plan (walesonline.co.uk)
- SNP vows to defy Westminster over ‘bedroom tax’ (thescottishsun.co.uk)
- Bedroom tax: Interactive map for March 30 demos (mirror.co.uk)
- Lesley Riddoch: Black Monday for many on benefits (scotsman.com)