Monday, 22 May 2017

Protesters call for bedroom tax leniency

Campaigners called on housing staff not to enforce the bedroom tax in a picket outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference today.

Around 20 members of a local campaigning group attended the conference with loudspeakers and placards to demonstrate against the controversial policy.

Mark Krantz, co-ordinator of Greater Manchester Against the Bedroom Tax, said: ‘To housing workers who refuse to evict tenants, we say we provide solidarity and support.

‘Many housing workers are three pay cheques away from themselves becoming victims of the bedroom tax, so we have a common interest in defeating this policy.

‘To everyone in the social housing sector, we seek dialogue, but to the ministers who bought it in we bring protest.’

Tenant, Honor Donnelly, 58, faces eviction from her three-bed property in Wythenshawe, south Manchester, after her children moved out.

She said: ‘If I move into a one-bed flat, I’m going to have to have my dog put down and put my belongings into storage.  

‘I don’t know where I’m going to be sent because there just aren’t any one-bedroom flats in the area.’

The demonstrators will continue to picket the conference throughout the week, and have been invited to comment via the CIH website on welfare minister Lord Freud’s speech which is on Thursday.

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