Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has been instrumental in supporting the hated Bedroom Tax, which has led to misery for thousands of the country's poorest people.
This Thursday, 26th June he arrives in Manchester to address the CIH Housing Conference – and the Anti Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater Manchester will welcome him with a protest outside Manchester Conference Centre (GMex).
Joining the protest will be Salford Against The Bedroom Tax. Over five thousand Salford people in social housing have been affected by the Bedroom Tax, with over 40% of them now pushed into rent arrears due to the extra burden.
Maria Brabiner, from Salford Against The Bedroom Tax, told the crowd at a demo recently that she treated the Bedroom Tax as a war situation…
"My mum and her generation survived World War 2 by rationing food and heating…that's what people have to do now. This Government has declared war on its own people…the whole of the working class are the enemy. It's ideology and it's disgusting."
Eric Pickles has a tax payer funded second home and gets subsidised food at the expense of the tax payer. Meanwhile, under the ConDem Government, more food banks are opening up every week as the demand rockets from people who can't feed themselves. Latest figures also show that Salford has the second highest level of homelessness in Greater Manchester.
The Anti Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater Manchester is calling for as many people as possible to join the protest this Thursday…
Axe The Bedroom Tax Protest
Thursday 26th June 11:30am-1:30pm
Manchester Conference Centre (GMex)
For further details see www.nobedroomtax.co.uk
See also Salford Star article on last year's protest outside the CIH Housing Conference – click here