Defend your home against bedroom tax L1
Where: The Black-E 1 Great George Street Liverpool L1 5EW, L1 5EW
From the 1st of April 2013, tenants of housing associations & social landlords will be hit by a possible 25% cut in their housing benefit if they under-occupy their home.
1 spare room will see a 14% reduction in housing benefit
2 spare rooms will see a 25% reduction in housing benefit
660,000 tenants & their families will be affected nationwide. 12,000 tenants in Liverpool and 3,000 tenants in Knowsley will be hit by the Bedroom Tax. Additionally, 44,700 working age people and their families will see a 17.5% cut in Council Tax Support.
This callous attack on working class people, both in and out of work, will purge thousands of —many longstanding— tenants, 300,000 of which are parents , from their homes and neighbourhoods into low-rent ghettos —and all for what? To save £500 million? To tackle the housing ‘crisis’? Bullshit!
According to the Empty Homes Agency, there are 725,000 empty homes —owned by large corporations, banks, offshore companies, local authorities, other government departments, and not by private individuals— in England: enough for 1.8 million people! Yet, nearly 700,000 tenants, 2/3rds of which are disabled, will be thrown into crisis by government ideology and landlord indifference.
Social Landlords have provided close-to-zero resistance to the Bedroom Tax, preferring to issue deadening advice that defuses a tenant’s capacity for direct action.
So, what can we do about it?
We Can Fight!
In Ireland, a grassroots community-led campaign against a €100 Household & Water Tax has met fierce resistance from working class people. The mass non-payment campaign has seen households working together & supporting each other when refusing to register or pay the tax. Statistics released by the No Household Tax Campaign show that 750,000 families (52%) have boycotted the tax.
We Can Organise!
By working together and supporting each other, as part of a solidarity network, we can defeat the Bedroom Tax.
We have until April 1st 2013 to organise against the Bedroom Tax, so we must act quickly.
On 12th January 2013 Liverpool Claimants Network is calling a mass meeting so we can organise resistance to the Bedroom Tax and Welfare cuts in general.
The meeting will be held at:
1 Great George Street
3pm - 5pm
Disabled access throughout the building.
Invite your friends, family & community, and network it.
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/405969726139041/
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