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Star date: 14th April 2013

SALFORD CAMPAIGN AGAINST BEDROOM TAX HITS THE STREETS

Saturday 20th April
1pm Mocha Parade
Lower Broughton

Next Saturday, Salford Against The Bedroom Tax launches into action with its first major activity – a march from Mocha Parade to Albert Square in Manchester to meet up with other campaigners from around Greater Manchester and Leeds.

Full details here…


Salford has the second highest number of people in the country – 5,500 – who are being affected by the Bedroom Tax. And in Salford the three highest hit areas are Langworthy (800 residents), Broughton (619) and Little Hulton (573).*

So it's only fitting that the first march for Salford Against The Bedroom Tax is setting off at 1:30pm from Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton next Saturday, April 20th, to join a larger protest march around Manchester.

It's also fitting that Mocha Parade, destined to be bulldozed, is currently surrounded by vast swathes of knee rails and bare land where affordable homes recently stood. They have been knocked down to make way for Countryside Properties' new development of private housing.

Now, residents of Broughton have not only had their affordable homes bulldozed, but face the added burden of the Bedroom Tax – with evictions for those who do not pay (see previous Salford Star article click here).

A statement on the flyer for the demonstration next Saturday by Greater Manchester Against The Bedroom Tax reads…

"Labour councillors and housing providers have declared they are opposed to the Bedroom Tax. Meanwhile tenants have been told that they will be evicted when they get into arrears due to non-payment of additional rent due to housing benefit reductions. Local anti Bedroom Tax groups from across Greater Manchester will be uniting and marching together with supporters and trade unions."

No Bedroom Tax! No Evictions!
Saturday 20th April
Meet 1pm Mocha Parade to depart at 1:30pm
Lower Broughton M7 1QE

Or meet in Manchester 1pm Piccadilly Gardens

* For the full list of residents affected in Salford – click here

*** There is also an Ordsall Against The Bedroom Tax meeting at The Royal British Legion, Ordsall District Centre M5 3PN at 7pm Thursday 25th April.

Me wrote
at 08:11:09 on 20 April 2013
The one thing that used to make Great Britain great was that it was one of the few countries that looked after the welfare of it's people without judgement... Now it's known for robbing the elderly, the poor, and the sick. I understand forcing healthy individuals in to work but tarnishing everyone with the same brush is a huge mistake. If you're 'trying' to save money for the country/Government then do what you promised and stop paying out for foreigners. Yes, help those whose lives are in danger but giving them the excessive financial awards that are currently received is ridiculous. Give refugees a room and not a house. Help them find work so they can pay tax, even if that means stacking shelves in Tescos to start with... If non British citizens want benefits, let them pay into the system for 2-3 yrs minimum first. If they need help give what's used for the homeless of the UK... A Daily food voucher and a milk token. They'll soon find work and pay taxes after living in a room... How can you honestly expect a single individual to survive with heating, food and water as well as making them pay more for council tax and then add bedroom tax onto to it. The Government may say that people can move in to smaller properties but not everyone can because there aren't properties available for everyone to move. The elderly certainly should NOT be included. The slightest thing can send an elderly person to an early grave, and the worries many of the poorer elderly had with finances before the increase of council tax payments and the additional bedroom tax was enough.
 
not happy wrote
at 17:26:42 on 17 April 2013
It is now 17/4/13 Salford City Reds gets another loan lets see what happens to the people of Salford who have fallen behind with there rent and bed room tax will they get a loan in the same way Salford reds have or will he turn round to the people of Salford and say sorry but this Tory government has said you’ve got to be evicted.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 14:37:27 on 17 April 2013
Not Happy, Our Salford Mayor is doing his responsive representation, working within the limit of what is being forced by the Con-Dem government. There can be no easy solutions where I no doubt believe our Mayor would truly choose to do all good. This is not to be at his time while the UK Government dictate the cuts and controls. It is nice in harsh times to see iconic fountain and Media City growing at fast pace, future hope for economic growth. I am sure Salford's Labour will find ways to protect the vulnerable and needy. We simply have to give trust to whoever is elected.
 
stress out sister wrote
at 07:33:16 on 17 April 2013
Im so ill disabled myself with a degenerating disese two disabled children in my house lookerly i own my own property but i get a phone call off my stressed out brother who has water on the brain and a metal plate in his head to say he in private small two bed house with his wife he has to pay a top up on his rent and now bedroom tax extra 25 pound a month his bed his broke there stoppin crises loans and grants what is he to do one nok on the head he could be dead what employer gona take that chance hows he gona survive do i have to step him make him move from moston to blackpool when he becomes homeless overcroud my home take him away from my dieing mother who lives round the corner from him do i havt to use my home and get into dept which ultimately could put my fam at risk ov losin my home coz im on a low income whats wrong with the world why course peaple to be more ill coz its makin me horrendous worrying and tryin to servive my self homeless hungry cold ill crime dept more kids at risk coz parents will give up care homes overstreched jealousy anger bitterness tears every single emotion goin the whole country is gona end up rioting i just hope n prey my kids dont get hurt but do you no what i think every kid will be asked food or warmth and get hurt in one way seeing there parents be so angry about the goverment they do not care they dont live like us choosin which meal to have my kids have chicken an veg i hav weetabix or beans on toast they ask me why or im not that hungry i say or shoul i say one less mouth to feed is a couple ov quid to the gas bill to keep u warm kids thats reality bless this country
 
not happy wrote
at 07:33:04 on 17 April 2013
The Mayor of Salford made a promise in his manifesto that he would help the vulnerable and needy. so far he has lent Salford reds money, media city, the lowery, spent thousands on parks, new bridges that go no ware 13 million on fountains that nobody wanted BBC PHILHARMONIC GETS ANOTHER £3M IN MEDIACITYUK JOBS DESERT;; lets see what else has he done HUMPHERY Booth center closed, mental health cuts, support workers hours cut, threatened council workers with the sack if they didn’t take a pay cut, cut park rangers jobs, but made sure that media city grounds are ok, so Mr. Felse if he is only doing the job that the voters in Salford elected him to do why isn’t he doing it because he is not doing what he promised, so why has Salford Council taken on more security is that for when the dreaded date of evictions comes a long it will be easier to evict Salford tenants
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 18:38:45 on 15 April 2013
Sorry you are not happy - not happy. It makes no difference who became Salford Mayor unless they seriously were willing to risk going to jail in standing up to the Con-Dem policies. Please let us not blame Mayor Stewart, he is only doing the job that the voters in Salford elected him to do. Hope that when the dreaded date of evictions comes along that will be the day our Labour Mayor says NO to Mr Cameron-Clegg.
 
not happy wrote
at 13:01:50 on 15 April 2013
What hell is going on with this labour council they say they don’t like this bed room tax but does nothing help the people it affects, they say if they don’t pay they will be evicted so what happens when they get evicted, put out on the streets and become homeless, does that sound like a Mayor who said he was there to help the vulnerable and needy. NO, sounds more like a labour council with Tory policies, let face it since this Mayor was elected he has done nothing for the people of Salford.
 
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