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Saturday 1 June: national day of action against the bedroom tax

via the Benefits Justice Campaign, Disabled People Against Cuts and Leeds Hands Off Homes:

On Saturday 1 June, local protests against the bedroom tax are being called all over the UK. Contact the Benefits Justice Campaign at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you are organising an event, a stunt, a stall or a protest.

Here are details of protests and events that have been confirmed – all take place on 1 June unless stated:

SCOTLAND: 12 noon George Sq, Glasgow called by Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation

NORTH-WEST: 1pm Picadilly Gardens, Manchester. Rally and March around central Manchester : March is fully wheelchair accessible

(Friday 31st May) – 12 noon Picket of Preston Community Gateway Deltic House, West Strand, Preston PR1 8UY

YORKSHIRE: 12 noon Barnsley Precinct – Campaigning Stall from 10am, rally at 12 noon followed by march.

MIDLANDS: 1pm Brian Clough Statue, Nottingham more details tbc

EAST ENGLAND:  Demonstration assemble 12 noon, Haymarket, Norwich


North London: 11am – 1pm  Broadwater Farm, Campaigning Stall called by Haringey Alliance for Benefit Justice and local Unite Community

North-West London : 12pm Wembley Central Square next to Wembley Central Station – Street Meeting and Information stalls called by Brent Housing Action
East London : Tower Hamlets: Meet 2pm corner Mace St / Roman Rd 3pm Protest outside Housing and Homeless Services 62 Roman Rd E2

We will post up more details of protests and events as we are notified. Keep watching the Benefits Justice Campaign site for more

From Leeds Hands Off Homes:

This Saturday is a National Day of Action against the bedroom tax and people around the country will be demonstrating, raising awareness and lobbying their councillors.

We think it would be great if as many people as possible across Leeds went to see their councillor on Saturday morning, to tell them we can’t afford to pay the tax and we need our elected representatives to stand up for us and announce that nobody in Leeds will be evicted for bedroom tax arrears.

Tell your councillor how the tax is affecting you, and ask them what they will be doing to help you.

Then get in touch with us and let us know how how your councillor has responded – we’ll be publishing details of which councillors are backing us up and which are dragging their heels and making excuses. This will all add to the pressure on the council to adopt a No Evictions policy.

It can be empowering to go and see your councillor as a group, so try getting together with friends and neighbours – but even if you go alone it will have an impact. And if you find the idea scary, try not to worry – the councillor surgeries are very informal, and it’s our job to make sure the councillors do what they’re elected to do! If you would like any support or additional information to help you with this, do get in touch.

We’ve prepared a letter which you might like to hand to your councillor when you see them. If you can’t see them in person, you could send it to them by email or in the post. 

The letter includes all the demands of the campaign, and we’ve written it so that you can add the details of your own personal situation and anything specific you want your councillor to help you with.

We’ve looked up the times and venues for the councillor surgeries for Saturday 1 June but if your area is not on the list, or you want details of other times and venues for surgeries, or a postal or email address for your councillor, go to this page.

See Leeds Hands Off Our Homes for the full post and councillor surgery information for this Saturday.


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