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GREATER MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNS AGAINST THE BEDROOM TAX
 

Star date: 24th February 2013

`IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO FIGHT BEDROOM TAX'

At the rally following the Greater Manchester Coalition Against Cuts march yesterday, the most poignant speech came from Ryan Bradshaw, of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, who works on the front line with victims of the Bedroom Tax and other benefit cuts. He set out, in no uncertain terms, what the cuts will mean for communities.

Here we re-print his speech in full, and urge everyone to read it…click here 


Greater Manchester Says `No To The Bedroom Tax' Greater Manchester Says `No To The Bedroom Tax'
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See PART ONE – a report on the march and rally in Manchester yesterday – click here

PART TWO

"We need to show those who are going to line their pockets out of our poverty that if they want class war, then they're going to have a fight on their hands from us…"

Yesterday Ryan Bradshaw, of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, who works on the front line with victims of the Bedroom Tax and other benefit cuts, made the most poignant speech at the Albert Square rally following the Greater Manchester Coalition Against Cuts march.

Ryan set out what the Bedroom Tax is, what it will mean for communities and what must be done to try and stop it…

"At its most basic it's going to be a cut in housing benefit for people, with one spare bedroom a 14% cut, and and 25% for two spare bedrooms. No guidance has been given by the Government as to what constitutes a bedroom, so they're going to class a box room as a bedroom and use that to cut people's benefit entitlement.

Children under 10 are going to be expected to share a room, and children under 16 of the same sex are expected to share a room. Under this policy we're expected to believe that it's reasonable for triplets under 15years old to share a box bedroom.

The DWP [Department of Work and Pensions] impact assessment says that it's going to hit 66% of households with disabled people in them, at a time when these people are already facing the most heinous benefit cuts that we've seen.

It's going to affect 660,000 to 930,000 of the poorest households in the country, and 43% of those in social housing in the North West.

50,000 households in Greater Manchester are going to lose around £16 a week - that's £10-12million out of the pockets of people, money they could be spending to boost the local economy that's right in the shit.

Parents with weekend care of their children aren't going to be allowed an extra bedroom to keep them in. Steve Webb, DWP Minister, said that people should work more to pay. So basically he thinks that you can just go to your boss and ask for three extra hours work a week and they'll give it to you. It shows they're absolutely clueless.

It's been calculated that some people will have to work 63 hours a week to make up for the bedroom tax because of benefit disregards. If you look at it in conjunction with the changes that are coming through in terms of council tax benefit, people who are in receipt of job seekers allowance are looking at losing 25% of their income.

These people, my clients, are now looking at making tough choices between putting food on the table or sticking the heating on. How has it come to that in a first world country?

It's our responsibility as activists and citizens to show the people affected that we're here to help them and we're not going to stand for these injustices. We can be inspired because there's been mass movements in Liverpool where there's been tenants meetings and occupations of housing associations that are failing to help tenants. Their willingness to fight this appalling policy should be an inspiration to us in Greater Manchester.

We need to remind the politicians that we're the ones who employ them. We need to remind the rich that there's more of us than there are of them. And we need to show those who are going to line their pockets out of our poverty that if they want class war then they're going to have a fight on their hands from us..."

 

There is a No To The Bedroom Tax meeting at 7pm this coming Tuesday 26th February at Friends Meeting House in Manchester.

There is also a huge protest planned against the Bedroom Tax on 16th March 1pm Piccadilly Gardens

• Over the coming weeks the Salford Star will be covering the Bedroom Tax, Council Tax Benefit Cuts and Rent Rises in depth - see the first feature: Salford Bedroom Tax and Rent Increase Horrors - click here

In Salford there are the following protests against cuts coming up this week...

* Monday 25th February 5pm
Lobby of the Labour Party Group at the Civic Centre

* Wednesday 27th February 8am
Lobby of the Full Council Meeting at the Civic Centre

Lynne Brosnan wrote
at 5:09:48 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2013
As said we should all stick together and refuse to pay this unfair, unjust and bloody cruel bedroom tax. Time they took a hit how many bedrooms are we paying for in their second homes as well as all their bills. On top of that they pocket the profits how is that fair. More demo's I enjoyed Manchester yesterday it was great to see so many people joining in the protest against this outrage.
 
Dessie wrote
at 12:31:14 AM on Thursday, March 14, 2013
WAKE UP PEOPLE ! IT REAlly is time to fight and smash the thatcherite filth , at wasteminster and the nu-liebour thatcherites infesting salford clowncil
 
alexis leah wrote
at 8:02:25 AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
i was given a 3 bedroom house 11 yrs ago i wanted a1 bedroom but nobody would take this house on i have spent all my spare money on doing up my house everyone says its a credit to me i suffer with very bad depression and this keeps me going i am now expected to give my house up or move back to my parents i am going o have to pay £88 A month to allk the bright sparks who thought this up NOT ENOUGH 1 BEDROOMS NOT ENOUGH 2 BEDROOMS AND DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT MOVEING ME OUT OF THE AREA I WAS BORN IN OPEN YOUR EYES MORE SUICIDE SELF HARM I CAN ALSO SEE RIOTING OUT OF SHEER FRUSTRATION AND MORE DEVORCIES LEAVE THE DISABLED ALONE AND AS YOU ARE GOING TO PAY DIRECT TO THE HOUSEHOLD I THINK ITS A BIG TEMTATION IE MY SON NEEDS TRANERS ? IF YOU GET MY DRIFT WAKE UP
 
blueliam wrote
at 12:54:31 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
This has done it for me now, Im moving out of Salford I just cant afford it anymore.
 
Bainser wrote
at 12:54:04 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Cameron is just another "Hitler", lets get the b.....s OUT and this obnoxious illegal bedroom tax scrapped ASAP!
 
salford wrote
at 4:14:33 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
what is being done with the money we pay for bedroom tax, like people have said the law says we should live on so much if on benifits, so why take 14 per cent for bedroom tax, i live in a 3 bedroom house have done for 20 years spent a lot of money on improvement, my kids all grown up now moved out, so that means i cannot afford the bedroom tax for 2 bedrooms, as ime on ESA i allready pay £15 every 2 wks and £4.60 council tax, ime not entitled to cold weather payments, or grants, i am on going hospital appointment, and i struggle now
 
salford wrote
at 4:14:08 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
better get more police on streets and build more prisons cos jail will be better than living the streets, this is how it will end up, what goverment or who ever has put this new law on, they want to live in the poverty we do, theres no jobs for anyone,as imegrants get paid there taxi badge paid for them to work, why were uk british, no wounder were over run with non speaking forigners, who get our jobs, and homes as they will be moving into the big homes we wont be able to afford to run, and they all have big familys, we should all refuse to pay what can they do kick us all out dont think so, if they want war then do so, cos ile stand my ground,protect my homes no matter what
 
salford wrote
at 4:13:35 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
if we all stick together and do not pay this this tax, whats the worst they can do take our homes, not enough police to do this cos we all should put up a fight, it will cost the goverment more in bailiff fees, police, money to put homes liveable as do you think people will walk when they spent money in there homes they will be destroyed by tennants, this will cause a war, and when the goverment cannot cope with all the crime and volience lets see then, all i say its never been as bad as what its going to get, and why cos we letting any tom dick or harry into the uk,its over run, sort that out cos thats a first that needs sorting out, where will this bedroom tax money be going to, sack the goverment, who brought this in to place,
 
salford wrote
at 4:13:18 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
not only is bedroom tax coming into place, and now people on benifits, will be getting there housing benifit paid to them not the housing, this will get us in to all so much debt with the housing, can you really see a lot of people in salford going to pay there rent straight away when they get it, you have drug uses, etc there money wont be paying it not when your an addict, so then they will be evicted or committing crime to ge the rent, so the jails will be so over full, as the crime rate will go up so much and where are all the homeless people meant to stay when they do get evicted {behind in there rent} cos this will happen, people will be robbing each other to live, so who is getting our homes when we carnt afford the bedroom tax and get kicked out,
 
Truthaboutthecuts wrote
at 11:21:06 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013
There are cuts to people with only 1 bedroom on housing benefit of up to over 30 percent. These cuts are already in place and have been for the last 2 months. Those with 2 bedrooms will lose even more, so many will in fact end up paying much more than the figures the government is quoting incorrectly. The true figures can be as much as around£46 per week extra for a 2 bedroom flat. Nearly £200 extra a month.
 
sue mccafferty wrote
at 5:06:28 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013
This policy is vicious and barbaric. I have never felt so persecuted in my own country. The average amount being mentioned in the press of £16 a week doesn't take account of those of us who have to pay a lot more; I will have to find over £30 a week!! This has to be unlawful; how can a government put its citizens at direct risk of homelessness, hunger and destitution. I thought there were safeguards to prevent this happening? This government are in for a shock if they think we will lie down and take this abuse of power.
 
Kevin Jones wrote
at 5:06:20 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013
Anyone wanting to change how the council works in Salford and make it work for the greater good of the people, can sign up here. Let's get rid of those who wish to line their own pockets with our cash and replace them with people who have principals and a back bone. http://www.pledgebank.com/Rebuild-Salford
 
paul Hudson wrote
at 7:13:35 AM on Monday, February 25, 2013
As Ive said to a lot people the last few days there is only one option left to us that are being hit by this tax Protest...I for one am...2/3 of my wage will now be paid in rent as result....They tell me its my fault the country is the state its in cos I was on benefits...the only work I can find is pt...I for see in the near future that shanty towns will become a norm in this country...
 
RAY COLLIER wrote
at 12:48:52 AM on Monday, February 25, 2013
I am 100% behind you.This his yet a other Tax to hit Disabled & UN employed people, shame on the Government,
 
mark krantz wrote
at 12:48:34 AM on Monday, February 25, 2013
watch Ryan speak http://youtu.be/fu7mKpjKeYk
 
liz bowers wrote
at 2:48:46 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2013
well said that man 110% behind you!
 
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