Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/17335

Posted on 2 September 2013 at 13:56 GMT

Miliband expected to promise repeal of bedroom tax

A Socialist Party press release:

End bedroom tax arrears and evictions

Labour councils should act now on expected Miliband announcement

As reported in the Sunday People, Ed Miliband is expected to announce that a Labour government would repeal the bedroom tax.

The Socialist Party calls for Labour councils to halt all evictions, and support those getting into arrears.

If Labour does not announce serious measures to tackle the bedroom tax and the whole austerity package, and put people before profit, it should expect a growing challenge from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the May 2014 elections.

Ex-MP Dave Nellist, a member of the Socialist Party and TUSC Chair, said:

"If Labour now finally agree that the Bedroom Tax should not exist they should immediately take measures to shield people from its consequences.

"Labour nationally should announce a future Labour government would reimburse any council for spending, using reserves, or borrowing to protect tenants between now and the abolition of the tax.

"Anything less than such a robust response and some might think the Labour leak is less a genuine proposal than a cynical attempt to shore up Labour's weak opinion poll position in the run up to their conference.

"Whilst this Labour announcement would be welcomed, on its own it's not enough to reverse the savage attacks which have taken place on working people in general, and on the poorest sections of society in particular.

"Ed Miliband needs not only to promise to scrap the Bedroom Tax, but announce policies to end the indignity of the need for food banks, to reverse the cuts in the real value of benefits, to lift real wages and pensions, and to end the growing scandal of zero-hour contracts which for many hundreds of thousands of young people are the only alternative to long-term unemployment.

"It's to tackle those wider issues, which Labour is still ignoring, that needs a new political party, one that will challenge all the pro-austerity parties at the ballot box.

"The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition intends to stand 600 candidates at next May's elections highlighting all the attacks on working people and their families and offering a break from the austerity coalition which still unites all the big four parties."


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 2 September 2013 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

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






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

Tax:

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleThem & Us

triangleProblem gambling soars by 33%

Labour:

triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleTories torn - bin them now

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

Socialist:

triangleConference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

TUSC:

triangleToo much to cross the Mersey

Austerity:

triangleManchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

Socialist Party:

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleSurveying Labour councillors - will they fight cuts?

Ed Miliband:

triangleFight for a socialist Brexit

Dave Nellist:

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies and sabotage: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

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

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against the sackers' charter at Leeds University

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Royal Mail

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

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

PCS

PCS ballots members to send message to government: scrap the pay cap

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

18/10/17

Local government

Unite local government sector plans strike ballot

triangleMore Reports and campaigns 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