York protest to mark anniversary of 'Bedroom Tax'

Gwen Vardigans, foreground, and other members of the York People’s Assembly during the ‘bedroom tax’ protest outside the Mansion House.

Gwen Vardigans, foreground, and other members of the York People’s Assembly during the ‘bedroom tax’ protest outside the Mansion House.

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ABOUT a dozen protestors gathered in York to mark the first anniversary of the introduction of the controversial Bedroom Tax.

The welfare changes were levelled at tenants deemed to be underoccupying their homes under Government criteria, and does not allow them to claim housing benefit to cover all their rent if they are classed as having extra bedrooms.

Members of the York People’s Assembly held a ‘sleeping bag sit-in’ outside the Guildhall in support of the 1,017 social housing households in the city affected since last April.

John Williamson, from the York People’s Assembly, said the issue affected more than 12 per cent of social housing tenants in York, some of whom live with dependants and many of whom are single parents.

He said: “The People’s Assembly are seeking an immediate cessation of the proceedings being taken out against those households affected by the changes and ultimately the reversal of the Bedroom Tax all together.

“It is our position this is a gross attack on the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society who should be cared for and supported during their time of need, however long that may be and not targeted to balance the Government’s failing accounts.”

Since the introduction of the Bedroom Tax last April, City of York Council has seen an increase in the number of people seeking emergency aid with their rent and a rise by more than 50 per cent in the number of summonses issued.

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2:59pm Mon 7 Apr 14

clairerio says...

So, over 1000 people in York affected, but only 12 turned up for the protest.?? Doesn't sound like the rest of them are too bothered?
So, over 1000 people in York affected, but only 12 turned up for the protest.?? Doesn't sound like the rest of them are too bothered? clairerio
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3:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

clairerio wrote:
So, over 1000 people in York affected, but only 12 turned up for the protest.?? Doesn't sound like the rest of them are too bothered?
12 more than would turn up for a demo in favour of the tax.
[quote][p][bold]clairerio[/bold] wrote: So, over 1000 people in York affected, but only 12 turned up for the protest.?? Doesn't sound like the rest of them are too bothered?[/p][/quote]12 more than would turn up for a demo in favour of the tax. Fat Harry
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4:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

punkrocker says...

if anyone has children at university and has been affected by bedroom tax appeal citing ruling CH/2197/2009 and go to CAB to assist you. fight this evil attack on the poor. (or just become a fiddling Tory MP ie maria miller)
if anyone has children at university and has been affected by bedroom tax appeal citing ruling CH/2197/2009 and go to CAB to assist you. fight this evil attack on the poor. (or just become a fiddling Tory MP ie maria miller) punkrocker
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7:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

it's not a tax! it's a reduction in benefits to people who are on benefits and have SPARE BEDROOMS! do what my mam and dad did when their council house got too big EXCHANGE!

but no, these people don't want to EXCHANGE, they want to stay in a big house nowadays! if you want a big house it should come with a price.

i would like to bet that those people in the picture are not even affected by the "bedroom tax" just a protest organised by a loony lefty
it's not a tax! it's a reduction in benefits to people who are on benefits and have SPARE BEDROOMS! do what my mam and dad did when their council house got too big EXCHANGE! but no, these people don't want to EXCHANGE, they want to stay in a big house nowadays! if you want a big house it should come with a price. i would like to bet that those people in the picture are not even affected by the "bedroom tax" just a protest organised by a loony lefty oi oi savaloy
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