Bedroom Tax

Can we beat the bedroom tax?

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In 1990 when Thatcher brought in the "Community Charge" we were told it was only "fair" that the "duke and his gardener pay the same". The Community Charge was a flat rate council tax imposed on every individual in Britain, regardless of income.

We called it the "poll tax". Millions did not pay. Local anti poll tax groups were organised everywhere, forming the national anti Poll Tax Federation, and after two years of struggle, with organised mass non-payment, protests outside the courts, and a demonstration that led to rioting in central London, the poll tax was beaten.

Hands off our bedrooms

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"Good morning, what a relief it was to see your leaflet come through my letterbox. Thank you." It has not been often that we get that response to the campaigning work we do.

The email continues; "I work 18 hours and claim a percentage of housing benefit...I have my two children at weekends so need the second bedroom...the way I see it is that I'm trying to work even though its only part time, what with the job situation and do not want to be sat at home, but still the government make it harder and risk splitting me from my children".

This is just one of thousands of stories we have encountered when out leafleting in Leeds against the Bedroom Tax.

April will be the cruelest month

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A raft of attacks on benefits are set to come into force this April. These will affect millions of the poorest people in Britain and will have a major impact on people's ability to put food on the table, pay domestic bills or meet their rent, argues Mark Dunk.

The "bedroom tax"
Changes to housing benefit rules will see thousands of households forced to pay an extra £60-80 a month just to stay in their homes. The scheme punishes people of working age in council or housing association properties for having "extra" bedrooms. This is despite the likelihood of a tenant having a spare room being due more to the limited housing stock available in any particular area than to any choice they make.

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