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The Bedroom Tax - Catalyst for Protest

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Roll on Saturday. It's been a while since I've been on a protest march, the anti-war one was the last, and I'm fair looking forward to it :D

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I'll have my red bunnet on - watch out for me, lynnski. :lol:

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Here's a thought....are places of worship exempt from the bedroom tax? Could every spare bedroom be turned into one's personal chapel?

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I don't think places of worship come under public housing, samsc.

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Thousands turned out for the protest in Glasgow today. Couldn't here the speakers though and couldn't see them as no big lorry for soap box.

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With you now, samsc. Housing Associations could also create utility rooms and stick a washing machine in.

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I spoke to several people at the protest in George Square. Unfortunately a lot of them already know of people who have moved or are gearing up to move out of their homes. There were loads of disabled people on the march, individuals and organisations. However, representation from Trade Unions was sadly lacking.

You also had plenty of SWP people out with their leaflets and Scottish Socialist Party. I saw Cathy Jamieson and Ian Davidson and SNP made their presence felt no Labour Party banners. However, as Tommy Sheridan pointed out from the podium.

The issue is not about Labour v SNP nor about left and right "it's about right and wrong."

Good for West Dunbartonshire council formalising their stance on no evictions. My understanding is that most SNP led councils have made such a decision so if Labour led councils fail to take similar action they're going to look pretty bad.

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It is a mess, CL.

In the 6 weeks since the introduction of the Bedroom Tax the number of people applying for crisis payments via the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme has climbed more than 300% to 25,000 a month (evidence here). In addition, 75% of households liable to pay the Bedroom Tax have fallen into arrears (evidence here). This is a wholly unworkable policy because there are far to few 1 bedroom homes for these families to move into. The only solution is the suspension of the Bedroom Tax as it will end up costing taxpayers more money than it was supposed to save. Aside from this, there is a moral argument that a nation should provide shelter for its most vulnerable citizens. Preying on the weak in the way the Tories have done reveals a total lack of compassion, and a complete detachment from the lives of ordinary people.

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2013/05/the-bedroom-tax-has-failed-75-of.html

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After all the problems with mortgages you wonder where this idea come from.

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England Sir Mervyn King has warned that a government scheme to help the housing market should not become permanent.

Under the plan, due to run until 2017, the state will guarantee up to 15% of a mortgage on homes worth up to £600,000.

If there's any help going it should be to first time buyers.

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Four months in and the picture is very clear:

"Now that the scheme has been in operation for four months, it has become absolutely clear that my prediction was absolutely correct. Freedom of Information requests have shown that (of the local councils that bothered to collect the data) there are an average of only 3.8 smaller social houses going spare, for every 100 families affected by "Bedroom Tax". This means that the stated Tory justification narrative for "Bedroom Tax" (that it will incentivise families to relocate to smaller properties) is totally inapplicable to an astonishing 96% of families effected by the scheme.

It is also important to remember that relocating families will be unlikely to get many of these smaller properties, given that high priority cases like homeless families, or people living in temporary accommodation like bedsits, will always get priority over people that have a stable home environment.

The fact that the overwhelming majority of social housing tenants affected by "Bedroom Tax" have absolutely no possibility of relocating to a smaller social housing property means that they are left with two options.

1. They can stay where they are and pay the tax. This would mean that "Bedroom Tax" works as a housing tax on some of the poorest families in society.

2. They can move to a smaller, but more expensive property in the private rental sector, meaning an increased Housing Benefit Claim. This would mean that
"Bedroom Tax" works as method of increasing taxpayer subsidisation of the private rental sector
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The thing that exposes the sheer malice of imposing a housing tax on hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable families in the UK, is that in the very same week that "Bedroom Tax" was launched, the Tory led government also introduced an average £100,000 a year tax cut for Britain's 13,000 income millionaires."

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/bedroom-tax-poor-subsidies-rich.html

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No too sure what's going on in some places.

"Plans to transform parts of Cockerton and provide new family housing for the town was given the go-ahead by Darlington Borough Council’s planning officers last week, with work set to begin later this year.

Led by construction company Esh Group, which has invested £900,000 in the scheme, the redevelopment work will see 76 one and two-bedroom council flats demolished and 84 family homes built in their place. Demolition work has already started in Minors Crescent, with properties in Arundel Drive and Rothbury Drive also earmarked for replacement."

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10265315.New_council_houses_get_the_go_ahead_in_Cockerton/

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Need to get the Discretionary Housing Payments working properly.

Westminster have allocated nearly £3million to Glasgow for discretionary housing payments (DHP). But the Department for Work and Pensions, who administer the figures, provide an upper limit of two-and-a-half times this (£7,449,925).

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Labours North Lanarkshire Council starts to evict disabled people

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/bedroom-tax-disabled-mum-of-two-lorraine-2204216

Bizarre. She's in a specially adapted three bedroom flat, which she shares with two teenage children, a boy and a girl. I thought that meant you needed three bedrooms?

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Good on Raquel Rolnik will point out that there are not enough houses with one bedroom. She's presenting a report, which was endorsed by the Government, to the UN's Human Rights Council in March.

More and more I see this as Cameron's folly and downfall. Already (something on News yesterday) there's a backlash from people penalised through the tax when their rooms were too small. Compensation and retribution will be sought. Full scale, I hope, when Roinik's report is submitted.

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Jackie Baillie claims Labour will ditch the policy if they get into power and that an announcement is due to be made. Seems Milliband doesn't know about this.

Apparently, and not unexpectedly, people can't pay and arrears are rising. Is this going to lead to more evictions?

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/why-is-salmond-refusing-to-debate-with-me-im-beginning-to-think-hes-running.22152930?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

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So, in Westminster yesterday there was a debate against the hated bedroom tax followed by a vote in the commons ............guess who couldn't be bothered to turn up and vote against the bedroom tax: Douglas Aexander,Gordon brown, Jim murphy and Mr Sarwar, himself, the champion of the people. Aye, they can talk a good game....

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That's ridiculous. Every Scottish MP should be there voting against this. Others were also absent. They'd need a really good reason for staying away.

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