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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

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