Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/755/16268

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 March 2013

Scrap the bedroom tax

Cap rents not benefits

Roger Shrives
Cap rents not benefits - mansions and tower blocks - millionaires taxes get cut, bedroom tax imposed

Cap rents not benefits - mansions and tower blocks - millionaires taxes get cut, bedroom tax imposed   (Click to enlarge)

On 1 April David Cameron's government of the rich will unveil their vicious 'bedroom tax'. Council house and housing association (HA) tenants over 21 and under pension age who are judged to be 'under-occupying' their premises will lose much of their housing benefit (HB). They will lose14% for one 'spare bedroom' and 25% for two or more.

There are already press stories about the effects on disabled people and families with disabled children, the sick, unemployed people, etc. Many people on housing benefit today are in work but on low pay and they too will suffer.

This is a blatant class attack! Will bailiffs be sent into the stately homes of the super-rich to evict surplus millionaires? No. On the same day as the bedroom tax arrives the Con-Dems are cutting millionaires' taxes yet again, saving them over 100,000 a year!

There are nowhere near enough one-bedroom homes to offer decent accommodation to the hundreds of thousands who the Con-Dems reckon are under-occupying their homes. House-building figures have crashed - fewer than 100,000 new homes were started in 2012 - the second lowest figure since 1946!

Cash-hungry councils have practically stopped building new properties. The private rented sector has now reached 8.5 million, one in six households, who are paying more and more rent, often to a small number of giant greedy landlords.

Cameron's regime hopes to force more tenants to follow suit by making social housing (ie council and HA) unaffordable - evictions and homelessness will follow.

We cannot let this government force people out of their homes! Around the country, rage at this cruel new tax is exploding. In Scotland, where the heroic, organised and successful opposition to Thatcher's poll tax started over 20 years ago, Socialist Party Scotland members have started setting up anti-bedroom tax campaigns.

Scrap the bedroom tax

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 7 March 2013:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scrap the bedroom tax

TUC must name the day for 24-hour strike

PCS calls national strike on Budget Day

Socialist Party Congress 2013

Forbes Rich List exposes obscene inequality

Them & Us


Socialist Party feature

Stop violence against women


International socialist news and analysis

Hugo Chavez dies but the struggle continues

Italy: Voters reject austerity


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Stop cuts and privatisation, to save our NHS!

Eastleigh: growing revulsion at main parties

Anti-cuts protester arrested for using right to free speech

Hull, Warrington, Bristol and Bradford


Socialist Party workplace news

Security workers on London Overground strike against 'slave conditions'

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party review

TV review: Britain on Benefits


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 March 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Benefits:

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

triangleMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

Tax:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleThem & Us

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

triangleAmazon tax halves as revenues soar - nationalise now!

Rents:

triangleLandlord licensing under threat - fight back

triangleGrenfell fire compounded by overcrowding: build more council homes now

Housing:

triangleNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

triangleEast London summit fails to address housing crisis

Government:

triangleWorkers' anger increases after Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

Council:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

Bedroom tax:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

19/10/17

Refugees

Hundreds of torture victims wrongly detained

18/10/17

What we saw

What we saw

18/10/17

Food

Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

18/10/17

NHS

Tories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

18/10/17

Debt

Young people being strangled by debts

18/10/17

Brexit

Tories torn - bin them now

13/10/17

Labour

The end of the Tories?

11/10/17

Tories

Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

11/10/17

Black history

The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

11/10/17

Housing

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

11/10/17

Universal Credit

Major attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

11/10/17

Them & Us

Them & Us

11/10/17

NHS

NHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

11/10/17

IMF

IMF helps cause inequality it slams

4/10/17

NHS

Tories wreck our NHS

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle19 Oct Waltham Forest Young Socialists: Deaths in police custody

triangle19 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Spanish revolution 1936-37

triangle19 Oct Cardiff East Socialist Party: Is equality for women possible under capitalism?

triangle19 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian Revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2