Tenants on Ladywood estate tonight set up their own local action group to fight the bedroom tax.
A meeting organised by Birmingham Benefits Justice Campaign was attended by 17 tenants and 8 supporters. A number of tenants described how they were already in arrears because they just could not pay the extra money. Others who had made the first payment said they would not be able or willing to pay again.
Speakers pointed out the nonsense and injustice that tenants were being fined for not moving to smaller properties when everyone knows such properties do not exist. Birmingham would require 5000 extra one bedroom properties and be left with 5000 empty 3 bedroom properties to meet the government size guidelines
The meeting agreed to lobby local councillor Albert Bore’s surgeries on Friday 3rd and Friday 17th of May to demand that the council gives promises of no eviction, or agrees to reclassify properties so no bedroom tax is payable. It was agreed to spread the word and meet again on Wednesday 15th May at 7.00 at Ladywood Community Centre.