Around 700 people took to the streets of Edinburgh last Saturday to protest against the Tory party’s brutal austerity measures as the Scottish Party met for its annual conference.
NO CUTS NO AUSTERITY
BIN THE BEDROOM TAX
6pm Wednesday 12th February
North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Rd
(back of Pennywell shops, by library) All welcome
Hear how we are beating the bedroom tax
Learn how to fill in the form to claim Discretionary Housing Payment to
cover your bedroom tax
PEOPLE NOT PROFIT
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
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
A rising numbers of Scots are being pushed deeper into poverty by having their benefits stopped. More than 200 people had their jobseeker’s allowance suspended every working day this time last year – plunging struggling Scots into an instant financial crisis. Continue reading
The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has been criticised by the UK’s statistics watchdog for misusing figures to promote the effectiveness of the coalition’s benefits cap on getting people into work.
In a press release issued by the Department of Work and Pensions last month alongside ‘ad hoc’ statistics, Duncan Smith was quoted as saying ‘already we’ve seen 8,000 people who would have been affected by the cap move into jobs. This clearly demonstrates that the cap is having the desired impact’.
However, in an open letter sent on Thursday, Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said this claim was ‘unsupported by the official statistics published by the department’. Continue reading
Drop-in, advice and solidarity session
12 noon – 1pm Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Millennium Centre, Muirhouse Medway
Open organising meeting
6pm Tuesday 7th May 2013 – Millennium Centre, Muirhouse Medway
Greater Leith Against the Cuts are holding a public meeting on Tuesday 23rd April regarding the bedroom tax which came into effect earlier this month. There will be a range of speakers and the group hope to hear from those directly affected by the bedroom tax as well as discussing ways in which we can organise against it.
The meeting will take place at South Leith Parish Church Hall, 6 Henderson St, at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.
Hosted by North Edinburgh Fights Back
On Sunday there will be a meeting in Edinburgh for all Lothian’s anti-bedroom tax
campaigning groups and for people keen to launch one in their area. We hope to launch a coalition to co-ordinate and support our work in local campaigns.
All are welcome to attend.
2pm Thursday 18th April 2013 Our petition calling on the City of Edinburgh Council to not evict tenants that fall into arreas due to the Bedroom Tax has closed with over 1300 signatures. Edinburgh East Save Our Services will now present the petition to the Council petitions committee. Please come along to the City Chambers (High St) and show your support.