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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 April 2013

Beat the rotten bedroom tax

Before it destroys lives

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge
Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny   (Click to enlarge)

Millionaire, mansion-owning Con-Dem ministers have deemed an estimated 660,000 council and Housing Association households that claim housing benefit to be 'under-occupying' their homes.

Since 1 April those working age households can be docked 14% of their eligible rent for one room and 25% for two rooms deemed to be 'spare'.

In some areas this will mean well over 1,000 a year stolen from their housing benefit.

Yet again the government is hitting the most vulnerable. 63% of affected households have one or more disabled person living in them.

Pensioners are not eligible now but will be from October 2013. 40% of affected households include children.

These households face catastrophic reductions in their living standards - many already report they are eating fewer meals, can't heat their homes adequately and that the huge stress is aggravating existing disabilities and illnesses.

A report in the Sunday People gave a taste of what this will mean: "An estimated 17,000 registered blind [people] face a forced move."

One blind woman explains how she will be affected: "If I had to move I'd face weeks in isolation, unable to step outside the front door because it's too dangerous.

"It's a long process to learn a new area. I'd have to wait for a trained guide to teach me the roads."

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo Jim Halfpenny   (Click to enlarge)

Funding cuts mean there is a long waiting list for trainers who can help by plotting routes from blind people's homes to shops and bus routes.

This woman is contemplating absorbing the extra rent into her meagre income - adding another candidate to the queues in Foodbank Britain.

But the bedroom tax can be beaten. The death of Thatcher has reminded us of the battle against the hated poll tax that saw the tax defeated by a mass movement and eventually removed Thatcher from power.

While there are differences with Thatcher's poll tax, her descendents' bedroom tax is rapidly becoming a focus for workers' anger over wider austerity: council tax benefit cuts, housing benefit changes, and all the myriad forms of misery we face.

All anti-cuts campaigners, trade unionists and socialists should get behind the anti-bedroom tax movement as part of the campaign to defeat austerity.

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