Muirhouse Housing Association Declare No Evictions Policy

Muirhouse Against the Bedroom Tax welcomes the statement, made in a letter to us by Muirhouse Housing Association’s chairperson, that MHA will support tenants who get into rent arrears because of the cut in Housing Benefit which began on 1st April, 2013 (which we call the Bedroom Tax). The Muirhouse Housing Association letter, dated 23 May 2013 and signed by Michael Woods, states: “As in Edinburgh Council’s situation, as long as a tenant engages with us, we will not escalate action to a legal stage.” Continue reading

Anti bedroom tax groups demand justice for Margaret

Edinburgh Council tenant Margaret has been denied an exemption for bedroom tax by City of Edinburgh Council despite being clearly entitled – she has overnight carers stay every night.  She wrote to the CEC as early as February applying for an exemption.  Instead of granting the exemption the Council have been phoning her up threatening she could be evicted if she didn’t pay her rent.  This is clearly against the Council policy of no evictions for bedroom tax arrears.  The stress of this situation has now led to Margaret giving up her tenancy, as she was becoming very ill.

Muirhouse and Pilton anti bedroom tax groups called for people to attend Councillor Cammy Day’s surgery at Muirhouse Library on 17 June to support Margaret and other tenants with bedroom tax problems.   Around 20 people turned up at short notice, an excellent show of solidarity.  Continue reading

Owen Jones speaking at Edinburgh anti-poverty conference

Places still available at Saturday’s Tackling Poverty conference at Craigroyston Community High School.

We are looking forward to a day of debate and discussion with some great speakers lined up.
Owen Jones, author of ‘Chavs: The Demonisation of the  Working Class’, has agreed to speak at the conference – he recently appeared on BBC’s Question Time. Continue reading

Tackling Poverty Conference 1st December

Community campaigners have announced that the second Anti-Poverty Conference will be held in Craigroyston Community High School on 1 December. It’s hoped that the latest event will build on the achievements of last year’s conference, and will target the Scottish Parliament this time round.

North Edinburgh Fights Back’s Willie Black explained: “Last autumn over 140 community and anti-poverty campaigners met in Edinburgh to discuss and act in a unified way demanding action against poverty. Continue reading

North Edinburgh Fights Back Meeting

6pm Wednesday 8th August 2012                                                                                            North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court EH4 4TZ                                             Open organising meeting of North Edinburgh Fights Back (NEFB).
All welcome.
NEFB is a local group struggling against cuts in public services in the Muirhouse / Pilton / Granton area of Edinburgh.

‘POVERTY – WE’RE NOT HAVING IT’ – Public Meeting

6.30pm, Wednesday 13th June 2012
North Edinburgh Arts Centre

The attacks on the NHS, wages, welfare and pensions alongside the lack
of housing and the increase in fuel poverty, and the many other cuts
that are in the pipeline will bring serious consequences to many
families in North Edinburgh and beyond.

We are asking people in North Edinburgh to come to our public meeting on
Wednesday 13th June at the North Edinburgh Arts Centre at 6.30pm to hear
the case against poverty and join the fightback. We are not having it!

Speakers confirmed include representatives from North Edinburgh Womens
Group, North Edinburgh Fights Back, Shelter Scotland and the Poverty
Alliance.

All welcome!