Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 24 April 2013

Stop the bedroom tax - Hands off our homes!

Ronnie Job, Swansea
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)

Politicians keep inviting us to feel sorry for them as they have to make tough choices - choices of whose jobs, whose terms and conditions, whose services to cut. That's not a tough choice as far as we're concerned. If you represent working class people you don't make cuts.

People who do face real tough choices are those who live in the 660,000 households affected by the bedroom tax. They face choices like: "Do I try to pay my increased housing costs or put food on the table? Will I face the threat of eviction for being behind in my rent or will my family go hungry?"

A large portion of the victims of the bedroom tax are disabled; 63% of affected households have one or more disabled person. Stephen Palmer of Merthyr is being charged bedroom tax but his 'spare' bedroom isn't empty - it is filled to the brim with his essential kidney dialysis equipment!

At a public meeting, Peter explained that he has an autistic son who, although living in residential care, regularly stays overnight. The nature of his illness means that maintaining a familiar layout to the home and, in particular to his bedroom is extremely important. Moving out of the family home of 31 years is not an option.

The bedroom tax is supposed to be about maximising the use of existing social housing, by 'encouraging' people to downsize. If you are poor, receive housing benefit and in social housing, you now have no right to be secure in a home filled with family memories and part of a community, surrounded by friends and neighbours. If the size of your household changes through kids growing up, hospitalisation or even bereavement, you are expected to move or pay a huge penalty.

Even if you don't mind moving, in many parts of the country finding smaller accommodation is impossible. According to Welsh local authorities, there are just 400 single-bedroom properties in social housing in the whole of Wales and four (out of 22) council areas have no single-bedroom homes available. And there's no help with the substantial costs of moving anyway.

A month into the bedroom tax, thousands of people are finding they can't pay. It is perhaps the single most blatant attack on the poorest in our communities. It has to be fought along with the whole raft of Con-Dem cuts.

See also:

Organise to bin the bedroom tax

TUSC against cuts

Election day: 2 May.

For more details of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaigns, see

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

In The Socialist 24 April 2013:

Anti-bedroom tax

Stop the bedroom tax - Hands off our homes!

Organise to bin the bedroom tax

Waltham Forest victims of bedroom tax are 'up for a fight'

Socialist Party NHS news and campaigns

Stafford hospital: Massive march in support of NHS

United show of opposition to NHS cuts in Dewsbury

NHS: What we say

International socialist news and analysis

South Africa: Workers and Socialist Party

Socialist Party news and analysis

Break with Thatcher's legacy! - Socialist policies needed

Stop Gove hacking our school hols

Times Rich List: Super-rich get richer ... again

Why we're standing against cuts

20 years after murder of Stephen Lawrence

Scottish TUC supports 24-hour general strike against austerity

Edmund Schluessel elected to NUS executive

Caste discrimination: MPs side with oppressors not oppressed

Them & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

Unite - build a fighting union

Angry workers protest outside Ford's UK headquarters

The battle goes on at Thera

Usdaw: End the partnership!

Workplace news in brief

The Socialist; readers' comments

Cold, hungry, young and homeless

Responding to distortions about Liverpool's socialist council

May Day

May Day 8-page greetings supplement


Home   |   The Socialist 24 April 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:

Bedroom tax:

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

triangleTories out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies

triangleWhy I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

triangleCourt win against bedroom tax not enough

triangleWe are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts


triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleNasty party out the Tories

triangleThem & Us

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%


triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

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


triangleNo more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

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

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis



Hundreds of torture victims wrongly detained



Tories torn - bin them now


What we saw

What we saw



Obesity epidemic: end food market anarchy



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



Young people being strangled by debts



The end of the Tories?



Nasty party out the Tories


Black history

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



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


Universal Credit

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


Them & Us

Them & Us



NHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts



IMF helps cause inequality it slams



Tories wreck our NHS

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...

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

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party 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...

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



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice