They will lose 14 percent of their housing benefit if they are deemed to have one spare room, and 25 percent for two or more. On top of this many people will also be feeling the effects of other changes to the benefits system, such as the abolition of the council tax benefit. See the following article & video clip for examples the misery this will cause.
This is why Stoke SWP supports the North Staffs Bedroom Tax Protest tomorrow.
The protest, called by North Staffs Against Cuts (NSAC), will take place at 1pm in Newcastle town centre. The assembly point is outside the Guildhall on the High Street.
North Staffs Against Cuts have also initiated two petitions calling on Stoke-on-Trent City Council & Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to publicly condemn the bedroom tax and to promise there will be no evictions as a result of the effects of the tax. Please sign these and share as widely as possible.
Come along to the protest tomorrow and make sure you join NSAC’s bedroom tax campaign!
Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members were out on strike today.
Over 250,000 members struck on budget day against cuts in the civil service, and attacks on their terms and conditions.
Members of Stoke-on-Trent Socialist Workers Party joined the picket lines in Albion Square in Hanley to offer solidarity to those out on strike from the DWP & HMRC offices. Both picket lines had a good turnout and gained plenty of support from the passing general public.
Stoke-on-Trent Socialist Workers Party backs the decision by North Staffs Against Cuts to hold a protest at the Stoke council budget meeting next week.
We need to fight against the next round of cuts which will further hit Stoke’s working class population, coming on top of the £24m announced in 2012 and the £35m in 2011.
The budget will see around 250 job loses plus numerous cuts to services, such as a £3m cut to the social care department and £400,000 cut from employment services budget.
This is from the North Staffs Against Cuts blog
As decided at the North Staffs Against Cuts January meeting, we are organising a protest at the Stoke-on-Trent council budget meeting next Thursday.
With the council due to rubber stamp a budget inflicting further cuts worth £21m on the residents of Stoke, NSAC calls on members and supporters to join us for a protest against the budget.
The protest will take place on Thursday 28th from 4.30pm, outside the council chambers on Kingsway in Stoke town centre.
On Thursday 8th November Stoke-on-Trent Socialist Workers Party will be holding a public meeting titled “Can there be a revolution in Britain”
The venue for the meeting is Room LT003, Ashley Building, Leek Road Campus, Staffs University.
For further details please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come along and join the discussion.