Birmingham Bedroom Tax Demonstration – Sat 16th March

1,200 people in Bootle joined a demo against the Bedroom Tax

1,200 people in Bootle joined a demo against the Bedroom Tax

A demonstration against the Bedroom Tax will take place in Birmingham as part of a national day of demonstrations around the UK, organised by Labour Left. These demonstrations follow an upsurge in anger against this wrongheaded benefit cut which saw 1,200 people in Bootle demonstrate as a true grassroots tenants led movement is emerging to oppose the measure.

1pm
Saturday 16th March

Victoria Square, B1 1BB
Join and invite friends to the Facebook Event

In Birmingham, it has been revealed that the bedroom tax will affect 60,000 people who are deemed to have a spare room. Spare rooms include those slept in by foster children [update: foster parents will now be allowed one “spare” room for foster children], those slept in by visiting children of separated parents and the adapted rooms used by hundreds of thousands of disabled people or because sharing a room is not practical. The Tories have added £30m to the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) fund, which can be used to cover the worst of these cases, but as we revealed the Birmingham City Council budget actually cuts DHP fund by more than we’re likely to see from this increase.

Most frustrating in all this is the lack of smaller houses for people to move to. In Hull, there are just 70 smaller properties for the 5,500 affected by the bedroom tax to try to move to. The result will be rent arrears, homelessness or a move to more expensive private rentals, all of which will increase the benefits bill, producing the opposite effect to that intended by the measure.

The tax starts on April 1st, and affects tenants in social and council housing, who will be charged 14% of their rent for one “spare” room, and 25% of their rent for two or more. More information is available here.

This measure can be defeated, we must build a strong tenants movement and a partial rent strike campaign should be discussed – this would involve withholding the 14% or 25% of rent that your benefit has been cut by. Such a move would see arrears build up slowly and the cost of eviction would make court action uneconomical. Of course, court action would eventually happen for everyone and then we would need communities to be coming out and defending families from being evicted from their homes. Like the Poll Tax, the combination of non-payment and mass demonstrations could see this idiocy reversed.

So if you are going to be affected by the bedroom tax, or if you oppose it and want to make that known, come along on Saturday 16th March and help to build the opposition.

Also on Saturday 16th March is the Councillors Against The Cuts national conference (10am-4pm) and the Birmingham Anti-Cuts Conference (3pm-6pm).

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11 responses to “Birmingham Bedroom Tax Demonstration – Sat 16th March

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  7. Jae Robinson for Yardley

    I will advocate for anyone who is to be effected by bedroom tax (the more the merrier), the only charge would be the court fee as I am not a paid lawyer just someone with a disability who deplores the austerity measures forced onto people by this government. Who are actively demonising the disabled, the elderly, working class families and YOU

    • Hi Jae.

      John Hemming, the MP for B’ham Yardley has said to me on twitter that everything is ok with the operation of DHP’s in his his constituency. See below.

      I wondered if you had any insight?

      Thanks
      Jon Leighton.

      “@Welfare__Reform @SuzyQuestions DHP is a mechanism for dealing with exemptions whilst getting the detailed guidance right. OK in my const.”

      • I have had a number of people approach me from Acocks Green and Yardley who are being directly penalised by Bedroom Taxes, one lady actually went to see John Hemming, who simply dismissed her and wasn’t interested at all. Unfortunately, Labour traditionally the party that we, the people identified with have been engulfed by the trendy Uni graduated career politicians who are only concerned with feathering their own nests at our expense. We have a “pre-determined” prospective Parliamentary candidate in Jess Phillips, a self publicised peoples champion, who told me herself that being a cllr helps pay her £1/4 million mortgage. Used intimidation and party focused manipulated publicity tactics, given unfair advantage over other more genuine minority candidates. I have actually sent in court papers under the Prohibition of Harassment Act against her but let’s see if we will simply have to tolerate ego maniacal MPs in it for self glorification and of course the MONEY.

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