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The Bedroom Tax - Catalyst for Protest

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That's interesting, tig. I think this is going to turn out to be a very expensive and time consuming. Poor Cameron, who's going to be looking at individual cases. Says he. :lol:

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Sales on sofa beds hit the roof. Well done Govan Law Centre getting this information out there. I think there will be many loopholes, tig. An ill thought through and seemingly unworkable policy. I hope it proves to be the downfall of the Coalition.

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Very revealing article in today's Guardian about the Bushbury Hill Estate in Wolverhampton. A pretty deprived area but a place with a strong community feel and where the introduction of the bedroom tax is causing havoc.

Some people have reluctantly moved and some are planning to move – many are moving to smaller homes that have higher rents so will cost the tax payer more.

Others are planning to have more kids so that they can remain in their homes and others are worried that they will have to find the money they are set to lose from their food budgets.

One man points out that that he will no longer be able to afford his travel bus so getting to any job interviews will have to be ruled out.

The National Housing Federation suggests that there are 180,000 social housing tenants underoccupying two bedroom houses in England, yet fewer than 70,000 one-bedroom properties.

Perhaps the price of one bedroom homes will sky rocket as private landlords buy them up due to demand. After all they can be assured that the rents will be paid.

Totally bonkers!

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The Tories and many of the local authorities are trying to manage housing stock like an allocated resource, dependent on current need - but it just doesn't work like that. I have sympathy for the familiies that are living in over crowded, one bedroomed flats and the thousands of people who are on the housing waiting list. I also have a lot of sympathy for the thousands of people who cannot afford to buy a home and will never have access to reasonable cost housing. The whole thing is a mess and regulating the rental market is the only way forward.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21731488 The men in funny hats have gome out over welfare cuts. The Tories are receiving grave warnings about their chances of winning the next election and Vincent Cable proves what a complete @rse he really is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21723987 Now, if only Labour could get it's act together south of the border.

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http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1227524.ece

Sunday times suggesting dining rooms could be considered in the numbers when assessing bedroom tax calculations

SNP Government providing social landlords with £2.5 million to help offset the worst of this dreadful proposal

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Everyone that can possibly move should find a more expensive one bedroom flat. By all reports they'll be really lucky to find a cheaper flat. The Councils only made one bedroom flats for pensioners and that was way back when most of them copped it around 60 or 70. It's all different nowadays but Cameron and Cronies haven't cottoned on yet..

The pensioners are still living in their wee hooses and some of them are even still living in thier big hooses even though their families have moved. They are exempt from the bedroom tax. Probably the only group that might consider moving to a smaller place. Somebody should warn them that supported accommodation will likely be the next hit for the axe men of Westminster.

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A rejig already. It seems that there has been a change of heart (did I say heart :lol:)

After a legal challenge some disabled children should be exempt. It looks as though foster families and families with someone in the forces can hang onto their 'spare' rooms.

What about actual parents with joint custody or whose children visit? Is this a bid to prevent these children visiting their parents? I think, before they pull out of it, that it would be worth checking out the European Union's Human Rights policies.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/369488576491663/

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Anti-Bedroom Tax Protest(Scotland)
March 30 at 11:00am

The idea was to rally at George Square but some issues regarding use of George Square for protest. Glasgow City Council are insisting that George Square cannot be used. Check the page above for details.

Glasgow's part of a Nationally Organised Protest.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/15/dwp-law-change-jobseekers-poundland#start-of-comments

Retrospective legislation,the last bastion of the scurrilous.

Labour to support the Tories cheering it through the commons, disgusting.

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It gets worse. Kensington & Cheslea council are currently consulting on proposals to end tenancies for life. New tenants will be on probation for 12 months and then granted tenances for between 2 and 5 years, depending on the behaviour of the tenant and their rent payment record. Council housing will not be allocated to anyone with a household income over £50k for a one bedroomed flat and £65k for a larger unit. The council will monitor properties to ensure they are used appropriately, in terms of occupancy.

Makes the bedroom tax look like a walk in the park....

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It gets worse. Kensington & Cheslea council are currently consulting on proposals to end tenancies for life. New tenants will be on probation for 12 months and then granted tenances for between 2 and 5 years, depending on the behaviour of the tenant and their rent payment record. Council housing will not be allocated to anyone with a household income over £50k for a one bedroomed flat and £65k for a larger unit. The council will monitor properties to ensure they are used appropriately, in terms of occupancy.

Makes the bedroom tax look like a walk in the park....

That's atrocious. When you think of all the work that's been carried out to ensure secure tenancies, it's a huge backwards step from the point of view of tenants. The council is more or less saying that people can never think of a place as home. Those figures don't see that high for people living and working in London and salaries can fluctuate. It also strikes me as a very unwieldy system to operate.

About the most you could hope for from this is the creation of a few more jobs.

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Good to see some organisation around this issue, although, there does seem to be some confusion re: the George Square demo on the 30th.

Apparently, there are some that are none too happy with Tommy Sheridan's lead position in the protests. Ay problems.

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Leopards and spots. Nye had it nailed.

"What is Toryism but organised spivvery? … No amount of cajolery can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party … So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin."

- Nye Bevan, 4th July, 1948.

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Pressure is mounting and big drive to get the government to rethink its bedroom tax. Public Sector and Housing Association Chiefs and even Tory politicians have voiced their opposition as well as MPs from other parties. John Swinney is one of the latest to write to the Chancellor with his concerns about this unfair tax.

Thousands of protesters gathered at demonstrations across the UK on Saturday to call on the government to axe the plans, which are due to come into force on 1 April.

At one of the largest demonstrations in Manchester the organiser, former housing officer Karen Broady, warned housing associations could go bust as a result of the reforms.

‘Many people are going to have to choose between paying the rent or eating,’ she said. ‘It will be eating every time.’

Last week Freedom of Information Act requests by Inside Housing revealed several Conservative MPs have raised concerns about the under-occupation penalty, including Andrew Selous, who works closely with work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith as his parliamentary private secretary.

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk//tenancies/public-and-politicians-step-up-bedroom-tax-fight/6526191.article#.UUeXM_LSUVw.facebook

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Thousands protested against the bedroom tax in demonstrations across the country at the week-end.

Tory party members are speaking out and heads of public sector and housing association housing voicing their objections.

At one of the largest demonstrations in Manchester the organiser, former housing officer Karen Broady, warned housing associations could go bust as a result of the reforms.

‘Many people are going to have to choose between paying the rent or eating,’ she said. ‘It will be eating every time.’

Last week Freedom of Information Act requests by Inside Housing revealed several Conservative MPs have raised concerns about the under-occupation penalty, including Andrew Selous, who works closely with work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith as his parliamentary private secretary.

John Swinney has also written to Osborne calling for the 'disastrous' policy to be axed.

http://www.insidehousing.co.uk//tenancies/public-and-politicians-step-up-bedroom-tax-fight/6526191.article#.UUeXM_LSUVw.facebook

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Good for Frank Field. Some good ideas and maybe even create some construction jobs. :)

Iain Duncan Smith had the wrath of Willie Black, veteran anti poll tax campaigner, when he visited his own constituency in Edinburgh.

Black claimed that"the bedroom tax would be the new poll tax in Scotland, he added: "You're making the rich richer and the poor poorer. You are creating your new poll tax, that's what you're going to do. We're going to see the end of you – back to England where you belong, you ratbag."

A lot of people are pretty unhappy and showing it. One other campaigner accused Smith of being guilty of hate crime when he called those on benefits scroungers.

There's also a bit of a stoochie at the Scottish Parliament where Labour are calling for emergency legislation.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/duncan-smith-ambushed-by-scots-benefit-campaigners.20582569?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

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