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Bedroom Tax demonstration sweeps across Bootle, Merseyside

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Bedroom Tax demonstration sweeps across Bootle, Merseyside

Stand Up In Bootle; a grassroots campaign group based near Liverpool, organised a demonstration in Bootle town centre against the Bedroom Tax on 28th Feb. 2013. They are also campaigning for those who claim benefits and live in social housing associations.

Police estimates put the numbers on the demonstration at 1200.

The demonstration began at a One Vision office on Caspian Place, which was closed at short notice for a training day. And then following a campaign van, headed on to the main street, The Strand, where it got good support from the general public, passers by and lots of horn honks from passing cars, taxis and bus drivers. The march concluded outside Council Offices with a number of speakers addressing the crowd.

From the 1st of April 2013, the Government will cut the housing benefit of over 600 000 social housing tenants, if they are considered to have a ‘spare room’. If you have one spare bedroom the cut is 14%, while if you have two it is going to be 25%. This is known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

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