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SALFORD AGAINST BEDROOM TAX GROWS WITH ORDSALL ANGER
 

Star date: 26th April 2013

BIG TURNOUT IN ORDSALL AS LABOUR COUNCILLORS REPRESENTED BY CABBAGE

Ordsall Against The Bedroom Tax held a big meeting last night to fight against the dreaded Tax, with more horrendous stories of unfairness recounted by residents.

Ordsall's Labour councillors and Salford's Deputy Mayors were invited but didn't show up, and so were substituted by a cabbage.

Full details here…


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Yesterday, campaigners from Little Hulton Against The Bedroom Tax invaded City West's office to protest against the Tax (see here), and last night 64 people, just under one fifth of all residents affected in Ordsall, attended an angry but enthusiastic meeting of Ordsall Against The Bedroom Tax to plan further action.

The majority of those who came to the Ordsall British Legion were women, and one told how she was moved by Salford Council from the demolition area of Liverpool Street to a two bedroom property in Ordsall.

She spent her disturbance money on her new home…only to find that she is now hit with the Bedroom Tax, can't afford to pay it and, if she moves to a smaller property, won't be offered any further disturbance money.

Another women, who is in work but disabled and unable to open steel doors in her property, was also recently moved to a two bedroom property and is now hit with the Tax. She now has to pay up or move again.

The Bedroom Tax in Salford and beyond is becoming almost like a game of chess played out on a board of human misery.

"The meeting was angry but enthusiastic with people adamant that they `can't pay, won't pay' and are not moving" says George Tapp, one of the speakers at the meeting "There's people ringing me this morning from outside Ordsall asking if they can come to our meetings because they haven't got a campaign locally, so we're going to have to set up groups all over Salford.

"The meeting voted to write to City Mayor, Ian Stewart, not asking, but demanding a `no evictions' stance by Salford Council" he adds "We invited all the local Labour councillors and Deputy Mayors but none turned up. Someone had brought a cabbage along so we stuck some eyes on it, put it on the table said `You might as well talk to the cabbage'…"

It was inspired, we understand, by the Have I Got News For You episode, when Roy Hattersley didn't show up and was substituted with a tub of lard. That was very funny. But, as residents proved last night in Ordsall, and before that in Little Hulton, the Bedroom Tax is no laughing matter.

There will be a further meeting of Ordsall Against The Bedroom Tax in the British Legion in two weeks time, Thursday 9th May.

Photos by Tom Hurst

bob wrote
at 09:47:20 on 29 April 2013
Many tenants in salford want move to smaller properties, but there are a massive shortfall in 1 and 2 bedroom accommodation in the city. This is down to poor planning and the many failed regeneration projects. Mr Eric Pickes is in the city on tuesday to meet a handful of carefully selected "labour supporter local residents" to hear their views about the £400 million regeneration of Pendleton, which has already run into problems of expensive finance. Would be good for some real residents to have their say!!!
 
alf ramsfield wrote
at 19:07:52 on 28 April 2013
If people cough up and pay the bedroom tax, having cut down on cigarettes etc to be able to afford the cost, then this government will come after you anyway... they will either cut further to your benefits, start asking how you can afford to have a huge slice cut from your income and still live ok (you must be working cash in hand, they'll think), and, finally, you will make their attack on the poor successful. The more that pay, the more they'll claim it a success. Stodge up the system by at least holding back payments.
 
Prisoner Irlam wrote
at 19:07:09 on 28 April 2013
Mr Correct is back in full effect i See, broken the padlock on the drugs cabinet and had been self medicating , Labour have been just as effective at privatisation as the torys , the working man had'nt got a Party that backs him , corporations just want to screw you instead with minimum wage ,long hours,poor expensive housing private and social,fuel going up like a NASA rocket, somethings got to give ,time to Show labour the contempt they rightly deserve
 
not a brain dead labour voter wrote
at 13:46:18 on 28 April 2013
Michael FALSE, nobody likes labour arse licker's like you, so campaign some where else for your labour seat.Ian Stewart could stop all this if he wanted to, but this suits his and labours political agenda. Stewart is spending millions on grandiose schemes when his constituents are suffering, just so the labour party can try and lay all the blame at the con-dems door step, when the real villains in all this is the labour party, who as usual are playing politics with peoples lives.ps like the cabbage, it's got a bigger political future than Michael false. as for labour not turning up for the meeting, when is the penny going to drop, Stewart and labour don't give a sh*t about the people of this city, Salford is to become the new London, i.e there will be no such thing as a salfordian, ( hope hospital maternity closed down ) just one big sh*t hole, ruled by the rich, just like London now. the ethnic cleansing of Salford has already begun, you just don't know it.
 
life is loud wrote
at 13:45:13 on 28 April 2013
I am paying the bedroom tax because I don't want to move so I am cutting down on smoking to pay for it it has given me an incentive
 
J.K. KAYE wrote
at 08:23:31 on 28 April 2013
So right B. Brough . The sooner career politician-liars are done away with , both locally and nationally , the better . The stench of corruption , greed , dishonesty and self-interest hangs heavy over Britain .
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 18:56:47 on 27 April 2013
Felse, you can just about get a rizla paper between Blair's Conservative Lite & the nasty party. Using the old, "if you don't vote Labour the Tories will get back in" scare tactic wont work. I'm sick to the pit of my stomach with career politicians spouting bullshit & expecting me to say "yum Yum can I have some more please". We need an alternative & things are changing. People have had enough, mark my words it will be nasty, it might even be painful, but once the cancer that is the slimy career politician is thrown onto the bonfire we will all be better off.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 18:10:27 on 27 April 2013
Brough, thank you for the honesty, but goes to prove you and millions like minded are a real problem that will let in the Conservatives. You really think your social equality and justice belief is safer in those hands of a world be Tory-UKiP Government. Answer in a two letter word will suffice.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 13:15:10 on 27 April 2013
Mr Felse, I'll tell you why I won't join the Labour Party. I'm a socialist who happens to believe in social justice & equality, something that is incompatible with current Labour policies.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 13:15:06 on 27 April 2013
"Brought On" is correct that those most likely to be evicted are most likely never to vote. Majority of voters are working, paying income tax, but many despise (through lack of understandings) those on benefits. Do those that do not vote expect to get some support for never voting - well that pretty much sums up the chance of them not loosing their home. This meeting is exactly the unrest that this sick Con-Dem government is banking on. A community unrest that would risk causing protest votes from those that do vote (middle England). Danger is the Tory with UKIP gets elected as a True Blue Camp. In Salford we won't be able to lift a finger to help our needy. Apathy can destroy our country's way of helping local people in Salford, while bankers and True Blue Tory with UKiP voters get richer.
 
david wrote
at 09:01:44 on 27 April 2013
Mr Michael Felse, maybe they could attend the local community meetings? Where anyone bringing a real issue to light is not given an input or a chance to speak and any discussion that highlights issues with this failing labour council are not recorded on the minutes. Thats the sort of democracy we have in this one party state of Salford!!!!
 
Brought on by themselves wrote
at 09:00:38 on 27 April 2013
Thing is if you put a red rosette on the cabbage and tell people it's the Labour party candidate in the next local election the cabbage will get elected. Labour know that the idiots with the vote in Salford will keep voting them in so why would they bother to speak to residents about anything that concerns them.
 
A councillor wrote
at 06:01:43 on 27 April 2013
I think the cabbage is over qualified to be a councillor---unless it is from the GREEN party?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 06:01:31 on 27 April 2013
The photo shows not as many local people attended as are seen at their local Labour Party meetings. Why not all join The Labour Party and get to the heart of the local Councillor ward Labour meetings instead of joining anti-Labour political motivated campaigners expecting Elected and Respected Labour Councillors to walk onto a questionable platform. Even your cabbage must have been pre-prepared which shows why local Councillors were correct to not expose themselves to this type of staged campaign. Even a pickled cabbage would not think that local Labour is responsible for the bedroom tax.
 
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