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MANCHESTER SALFORD BOLTON BEDROOM TAX PROTEST
 

Star date: 15th March 2013 

FIRST BIG BEDROOM TAX PROTEST

Bedroom Tax Protest
Saturday 16th March 1-3pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester or Bolton Town Hall

The first big local Bedroom Tax Protests take place tomorrow, Saturday, in Manchester and Bolton. While Salford hasn't got its own protest people have the choice of the two. These are part of over forty demonstrations against the Tax happening all over the country…

Full details here…


Bolton Bedroom Tax Protest
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On Saturday, people up and down the country will be demonstrating against the Bedroom Tax. While Salford doesn't have its own protest, there's one in Manchester, at Piccadilly Gardens, and one in Bolton, outside the Town Hall.

The protests have been called by Labour Left, although loads of organisations, including trade unions, will be represented. The message to the ConDem Government is simple – `Scrap The Bedroom Tax'…

Over 5,000 households in Salford will be affected by the Tax, which a Salford Council report states would `almost certainly' lead to "increased rent arrears, increased possession action, increased presentations of homelessness, a demand for cheaper rented accommodation leading to increased pressure on lower-cost areas of the City, and greater reliance on high interest lenders (legal and illegal)."

For full impact on Salford see previous Salford Star article – click here

Nationally, around 700,000 people are being penalised for getting housing benefits and having a spare room – be that the disabled, carers, the terminally ill, or parents of two kids who are expected to share a room. As Dr Éoin Clarke, one of the founders of Labour Left points out, "The great majority of British people think this is unfair. Not even a majority of Tory voters support this cruel policy".

The protests are billed as family friendly events so as many people as possible can go along…


Manchester Bedroom Tax Protest
Saturday 16th March 1-3pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Bolton Bedroom Tax Protest
Saturday 16th March 1-3pm
Victoria Square, Bolton Town Hall

For further details search Manchester Bedroom Tax Protest or Bolton Bedroom Tax Protest on facebook events

 

Michael Felse wrote
at 20:11:39 on 20 March 2013
It is shocking to read ShakerYase publicly mention my mental health issues. It has been enough this year to undergo scan and tests without incentive comment from intelligent people that should know better. At least I understand why many Salford residents need services and not to go on sufferings at forced Con-Dem cuts.
 
Shaker yase wrote
at 17:52:39 on 19 March 2013
Michael Felse, i find your statement "Then we would have been in a much different Council chamber in Salford, with all the hopefuls getting to come in as co-opted voices" shocking and baffling to say the least. You really need to get over yourself, you lost the mayoral election. And why is it that you think just because you stood as a candidate in the election you now have a right to govern this city in some way, we don't hear claims to entitlement like this from the likes of Pat Ward and Norman Owen so why from you, whats up with you? I am not happy with the idiot for mayor we have got, but a least he does not appear to have a split personality disorder and mental health issues like you appear to.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 10:30:01 on 19 March 2013
"Not Bran Dead" correct I am glad I did not vote Labour in the Mayor Election because there were better policy options from the wider thinking Mayor hopefuls, instead of what Labour was offering. As for who is to blame, you correct me well, it is all we who stood as alternatives that should take the blame including myself. We could have put heads together and forge a one choice option. Then we would have been in a much different Council chamber in Salford, with all the hopefuls getting to come in as co-opted voices on the future of Salford.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 06:32:51 on 19 March 2013
Mrs P and Obzva. The fact is clearly put "I am not in The Labour Party". I am not in the English Democrats.
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 06:30:47 on 19 March 2013
Michael Felse wrote at 10:02:26 AM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 I am glad I did not vote Labour in Salford but look at what those who did have caused. The Labour voters created this Cuts Council so who do we blame? YES! .......remember the above Michael, all this turning must be making you dizzy Michael. still want to suck up to labour..... MICHAEL FALSE GET OFF THE POLITICAL STAGE.
 
Mrs Phillips wrote
at 16:03:31 on 18 March 2013
Mr Felse if are intent on posting purely populist comments for your own political gain, then at least try and keep along the same theme as previous posts. Last time i saw you post on here a couple of weeks ago you said you were supporting the labour party, now you say you don't. Please write down for yourself what you are posting and read it back before posting again, then you will not look so silly.
 
Observer wrote
at 16:03:00 on 18 March 2013
Michael Felse??? not really Michael Felse are you because first you were Labour then English dems, Then last week it was back to Labour again, and now we don't now what you are. Do you know who you are?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 13:22:32 on 18 March 2013
Yes, if bankrupting Salford Council means all these cuts get put on ice for review until after the next General Election for Labour to reverse the system it is a stop gap worth taking. However, I must correct Observa in that I am not in The Labour Party, no,no Labour chums, just a reality kicking in that these Con-Dems should not pull a single vote in Salford ever again. A Tory Government? not with my vote.
 
This could make a big difference to those struggling wrote
at 22:09:44 on 17 March 2013
For those that don't realise you can now pay your council tax over 12 months instead of 10, but you must inform the council you want to do this by 22nd March. Our good friends at Salford council are not promoting this too much, in fact it's hidden away in small print on the back of your council tax demand. The change is due to new rules the government have brought in meaning that they must give you the choice to pay over the full year. So don't give them the pleasure of collecting early, spread it over the year.
 
Observer wrote
at 22:09:21 on 17 March 2013
Michael Felse, you want another mayoral election, are you and your salford labour chums determined to bankrupt salford. In case you have forgotten the last farce cost nearly £200k, the turnout was 26% does this not tell you how little the people of Salford rate our local mainstream politicians, what we need are representatives not party political puppets. Forget the con-dems, ukip, bnp, greens or any other party labour feel threatened by, what matters is salford and the salford people, you and your mates in salford labour need to stop looking at the bedroom tax as a way of scoring political points and start looking after the people of this city. Remember a bad carpenter always blames his tools.
 
Joe ONeill wrote
at 19:21:15 on 17 March 2013
Brighton Green Council refuses to evict over Bedroom Tax Salford Green Party ask the same of the Labour controlled council Green Party controlled Brighton city council has confirmed it will refuse to evict those who cannot afford to pay the ‘bedroom tax’. The council is the first in the UK England* to take such a position. Green Councillor Liz Wakefield said: “As Greens, we cannot throw people out onto the streets just because they’re unable to pay it. I will therefore be bringing proposals that seek to ensure no household will be evicted from a Brighton and Hove City Council owned home as a result of ‘spare room subsidy’ rent arrears accrued solely from that household’s inability to pay this unjust bedroom tax Salford Labour control this city they seem feared to fight the Tory cuts so we ask them join with us and offer the people a promise of none eviction through the Tory tax. Joe O'Neill Chairman Salford City Green Party
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 19:20:52 on 17 March 2013
Observer, whatever, complexity could overturn unfair bad policy if only elected Councillors would find the courage to oppose Con-Dem policy that causes hurt to local vulnerable people. Our Mayor could resign over the very fact that Bedroom Tax is just wrong, causing a second wave mayoral landslide for Labour by showing Salford is not willing to implement National Con-Dem policy. My guess is Local Labour will just implement the hike on rents, bedroom tax and cuts in services.
 
Observer wrote
at 10:48:39 on 17 March 2013
@Michael Felse, the two points you make are totally out of this world. The council passing a motion to "dispute" this will do nothing, that's just vote begging like all the other silly motions they pass @ council meetings re gov policy. If on the other hand you mean that the council should offically refuse to collect the cash from it's tenants and as you say let them come and get it themselves then you are totally cluless on how systems of local government work, the "bedroom tax" will go to the council not the condem gov, the government reinburse councils for the amount of HB and CTB they pay out they are not going to cover what the council fail to collect. What the council need to be doing is a range of measures such as working with other Manchester LA's that have an excess of 1 bed properties, work with private landlords, use the DHP fund for those who can not move, stop knocking down housing that would be suitable for transfering tenents, and most importantly get the national Labour party to pledge that they would reverse it (another thing they will not commit to) if they win the next election plus and this is the biggest piss take from the two-faced back stabbing bastards who run this city, DON'T PUT RENTS UP AT THE SAME TIME, bloody hypocrites.
 
caroline gray wrote
at 21:38:06 on 16 March 2013
A lot of people live in a loss running councils houses.. now called housing associations or trusts suppoted by goverment grants, as private landlords can confirm. As they run at a lost too so the goverment is now threating council tenants in a strange way the same as some private landlords who they endlessly attack and cause endless trouble.as they do not get all the freebies,,they do...truth will out
 
Dave wrote
at 17:58:27 on 16 March 2013
Attended today and it was well supported even by our very own Paul Dennett (Strategic Assistant Mayor), but he was not too keen to speak to the media once I pointed out to them that Salford council have taken the opportunity to hit people again with a rent increase. Well we have a new fountain (£11 million)and the prospect of water taxis to console the people who will end up on the streets because of this LABOUR COWNCLIL. Channel 4 are keen to interview people faced with all these issues, lets tell them the story of the city. Conact details Alex 0774124906 or email them on enquiries@studiolambert.com
 
kenny wrote
at 17:58:24 on 16 March 2013
Just been informed that if your bedroom is under 64 sq., feet. its classed as a box room and you done pay.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 17:58:20 on 16 March 2013
Salford Council can do better by setting an example, pass a Council Motion to dispute bedroom tax. Make these Con-Dem Cabinet Ministers come to Salford to collect it themselves from locals. Bedroom Tax is just wrong.
 
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