Scottish Victory Against the Bedroom Tax

The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation decided to have our National Committee on Sunday 9th February in the Glasgow Unison Offices. After the great news from Wednesday’s budget that the bedroom tax in Scotland is to be fully mitigated, Anti Bedroom Tax Campaigners have hailed this a Victory due to all of the pressure we have put on the Labour Party and the SNP forcing them to finally take action, effectively killing the bedroom tax in Scotland. Continue reading

Anti workfare demonstrators blockade Salvation Army shop in Edinburgh

Demonstrators opposing workfare and sanctions blockaded a large Salvation Army charity shop in central Edinburgh on 7th December.  The approximately 40 protestors included some unemployed people who had themselves been press-ganged to work for nothing in Salvation Army charity shops.

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Glasgow judge finds bedroom tax breaches human rights

Applying the bedroom tax to a couple who cannot share a room because of one partner’s disability is a breach of their human rights, a Scottish tribunal has ruled. A woman with multiple sclerosis won her appeal against Glasgow Council’s decision to apply the 14 per cent deduction for her ‘spare’ bedroom on Friday. Continue reading

Bedroom Tax – Council promise to boost Discretionary payments as non-payment soars

“Hit by the bedroom tax?  Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment now!” That was the message from the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on 1st October where anti bedroom tax campaigners addressed the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee. The Scottish Government has made a “game-changing” £20 million available and at this meeting Edinburgh Council authorised officials to immediately start paying out more Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). Continue reading

No Bedroom Tax! Protest at Edinburgh Council

Anti-Bedroom Tax Protest and Delegation to City of Edinburgh Council

9.15am Tuesday 1st October 2013

City Chambers, High St

Meeting of Corporate Policy and Strategy committee starts 10am. Come with placards and banners to make your feelings known. A delegation from the Lothian Federation of anti bedroom tax groups will speak at the meeting and emphasise the hardship caused by the tax. Continue reading

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty Meeting

7pm Mon 30th September 2013                                              Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, 17 West Montgomery Place, EH7 5HA.

The coming ECAP monthly meeting comes at a very important time. In the last few months the situation for claimants on JSA and in the WRAG group of ESA has dramatically worsened, claimants’ treatment in the job centres is becoming increasingly brutal. Continue reading

‘Shocking’ bedroom tax should be axed, says UN investigator

Housing expert Raquel Rolnik says policy could constitute a violation of the human right to adequate housing. The United Nations’ special investigator on housing has told the British government it should scrap the bedroom tax, after hearing “shocking” accounts of how the policy was affecting vulnerable citizens during a visit to the UK. Britain’s record on housing was also worsening from a human rights perspective, Raquel Rolnik, the UN special rapporteur on housing, said in a Guardian interview after presenting her preliminary findings to the government. Rolnik, a former urban planning minister in Brazil, said Britain’s previously good record on housing was being eroded by a failure to provide sufficient quantities of affordable social housing, and more recently by the impact of welfare reform. Click here to read the full article from the Guardian.

Bedroom Tax – Edinburgh Council “attacking disabled people”

Anti bedroom tax campaigners from around the Lothians have met in an emergency meeting and issued a statement condemning City of Edinburgh Council’s policy of quizzing people on their expenditure on alcohol, cigarettes and satellite TV and using this information in deciding whether to award tenants Discretionary Housing Payment.

“This has led to newspaper reports portraying DHP claimants as scroungers and wasters. In fact research by the Scottish Government and COSLA reveals that at least 80% of households affected by the bedroom tax contain disabled people,” state the Lothian Federation of Anti Bedroom Tax Groups. Continue reading

Vulnerable Man Saddled With Bedroom Tax Debt Took His Own Life

A vulnerable man who saw his debt increase after being forced to contribute toward his rent due to the coalition government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’ took his own life, an inquest heard. The coroners court in Bolton heard how Mr Walker, 57, was left saddled with debt due to financial problems and being out of work.

It was also revealed that he had been found ‘fit for work’ following a benefit assessment and had strongly disagreed with the decision. His financial situation worsened and was made intolerable after being told he would have to contribute toward his rent because of the ‘bedroom tax’. Read full article from Welfare News.

Neighbours form ring of steel to help foster mum facing bedroom tax eviction

When a former carer of the year became a Bedroom Tax victim neighbours rallied round to support her when she was evicted from her four-bedroom home. Foster mum Irene Lockett, who had rent arrears, could not pay the extra £23.24 per week docked from those with empty rooms under new welfare rules. The mum-of-six, who has a heart condition and suffers angina, was ordered to leave her home of 20 years two weeks ago and forced to move in with her eldest daughter. Click here to read the full article from the Mirror.