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Housing / Bedroom tax

26 March 2014

An array of flashpoints

40. Even while the blockage at the top seems immovable, the working class can find ways round it. Explosions can take place on all kinds of issues, sometimes of a seemingly secondary character, as workers

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5,000 people marched against the Welfare Reform Bill on 11 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

26 February 2014

'Welfare reform' - an avalanche of misery

"We must, as a society, face up to the fact that over half of people using foodbanks have been put in that situation by cutbacks to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions." These aren't the words of an opposition politician or an angry protester

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26 February 2014

Them and us

M&S-style austerity: Former Marks and Spencer chief executive Sir Stuart Rose has been appointed an adviser to the NHS. The Tory press sang hymns of praise to Rose's 'big business expertise'

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21 February 2014

Court rejects disability case against bedroom tax

The Court of Appeal has today rejected five disabled housing benefit claimants' case to overturn the bedroom tax

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Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax, photo Jim Halfpenny

19 February 2014

Time to strike the bedroom tax a killer blow

Across Britain the implementation of the bedroom tax has created seething anger

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Campaigning for rent control in Waltham Forest, East London, photo Sarah Wrack

19 February 2014

High rents + low wages - End this housing misery

'Generation rent' is becoming more like 'three generations rent'. The website has recently revealed that in 2013 more than 60,000 over-40s placed 'room wanted' adverts on the site

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12 February 2014

Them & Us

Robbing us blind: What do you do to people who've screwed up the economy? That's right, you give them over 80 billion in bonuses!

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One of the mass protests in the campaign to defeat the bedroom tax in Scotland, photo Socialist Party Scotland

5 February 2014

Bedroom tax beaten in Scotland lets end all council cuts: The bedroom tax has been effectively defeated in Scotland. The announcement that the Scottish government intends to end the crushing burden of the hated and reviled bedroom tax is a huge victory

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5 February 2014

Them & Us

Poor get poorer: We're still paying for the bankers' and capitalist crisis

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TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

29 January 2014

We need councillors who stand up for us

On Thursday 22 May a little bit of history will be made. Hundreds of working class people some of them already organised socialists, but many of them ordinary workers, trade unionists, young people, members of their local communities will stand before the electorate and ask for votes

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29 January 2014

Leeds Labour breaks bedroom tax promise

On 15 January, Leeds city council (LCC) sent bailiffs to a tenant who could not pay his bedroom tax

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22 January 2014

Capitalism is a system in crisis

This is the case for socialism: We say there is an alternative to endless misery. Today, more than ever before in human history, enormous wealth, science and technique exists which could, if properly harnessed, easily provide all of humanity

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22 January 2014

Bedroom tax loophole: Can legal tactics be effective?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that tenants who have been continuously entitled to housing benefit since at least 1 January 1996, and who have occupied the same home since that date, are exempt from the bedroom tax

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Hull protest against the Bedroom tax - Debt = Slavery, photo Lash

15 January 2014

Evict the Con-Dems!

Scrap the Bedroom Tax NOW: Tory welfare-slashing minister Iain Duncan Smith should resign. The millionaire architect of the hated 'bedroom tax', has illegally imposed the tax on tenants not liable to pay it

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8 January 2014

Greedy landlords create housing hell

Fergus Wilson - one of Britain's largest private landlords - says he will not accept any more applicants who rely on housing benefit

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19 December 2013

Modern-day Scrooges in a Tory council

It seems that Charles Dickens' fictional heartless boss, Ebenezer Scrooge, has been surpassed by the ruling Tory group on Hammersmith and Fulham council

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11 December 2013

Austerity and the new working poor

The privileged position of these establishment politicians is even more galling in that news of their forecast pay rise coincided with a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) charity which shows a big increase in the numbers of working poor in Britain (see below)

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4 December 2013

Them & Us

Robbery not recovery: When government ministers trumpet an economic recovery they must be referring to the amassed fortunes of the super-rich rather than the other 99%

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Nottingham Defend Council Tax Benefit Campaign outside the court hearings, 21.11.13

29 November 2013

Council uses court against Bedroom Tax victims

Labour-led Nottingham council took its first court action against rent arrears due to the Bedroom Tax

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27 November 2013

Councillors: Say no to Tory cuts!

The Tories, Lib Dems, Labour and Ukip all agree that the decimation and privatisation of public services has to continue to keep their big business backers happy

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