Bedroom tax protesters set to march through Birkenhead

FLASHBACK: Campaigners demonstrate against bedroom tax in Birkenhead in November.

FLASHBACK: Campaigners demonstrate against bedroom tax in Birkenhead in November.

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

INCENSED residents will march through Birkenhead on Monday in a protest over the so-called “bedroom tax”.

Waving banners and placards, members of Wirral Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax will assemble at Exmouth Street, behind the Lauries Centre, at 11.45am before marching through the centre of Birkenhead, and around Hamilton Square.

They will finish at the Conway Street One-Stop Shop where they will hand in mass letters of appeal against the bedroom tax.

Campaigner Robert Claridge, from Port Sunlight, said: “We have won further appeals, and across Merseyside we are winning 90% of appeals for tenants we and our Reclaim colleagues represent.

“Wirral Council is no longer appealing against cases we win so it is important that we continue appealing, and it is vital that you get your friends, neighbours and family members paying the bedroom tax to join in, whether they are paying the bedroom tax or not.”

On Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Globe’s office in Birkenhead, where he was asked by senior reporter Emma Rigby if he felt the under-occupancy subsidy system was working as efficiently and as fairly as he had expected.

“The point about the spare room subsidy is that it’s a basic issue of fairness,” said Mr Cameron.

“If you live in private sector rented accommodation, but you’re on housing benefit, you don’t get a subsidy for a spare room whereas if you’re in council accommodation you do and that’s why it’s right to make this change.

“In terms of what’s happening here in Wirral, firstly, there are discretionary housing payments made available by the Government of almost £1m, they are there to help hard cases.”

Mr Cameron added: “It is worth remembering that there are still in Wirral over 8,000 people on a housing waiting list who’d love to have a council house.

“The whole point about this change is to try to make sure that we use the housing assets we have available most efficiently for families who need housing.”

Those who are unable to make the march on Monday but wish to show their support can meet campaigners at the One-Stop Shop on Conway Street at 1pm.

 

 

 

 

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9:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Well done. Despicable tax.
Well done. Despicable tax. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 3

11:50am Fri 1 Aug 14

bloodtub says...

there is nothing wrong with the bedroom tax , but it should not have been imposed on existing tenants at the end of the day it is not there fault that the home live has to many bedrooms ,magenta housing and the housing associations were they ones who for years put anyone in to fill homes just to get the rents,it would only be fair to impose the room tax on the tenant if there was some were else for the tenant to move if you live in a home that is to large it is only fair that you move if there is somewhere suitable for you if there is not then this tax should not apply the tax should only apply to new tenants then the chioce to pay it would be your own , at the end of the day social housing was never ment to be a home for life as your housing needs change you should have a choice why blame the tenants when there is nowhere for them to go
there is nothing wrong with the bedroom tax , but it should not have been imposed on existing tenants at the end of the day it is not there fault that the home live has to many bedrooms ,magenta housing and the housing associations were they ones who for years put anyone in to fill homes just to get the rents,it would only be fair to impose the room tax on the tenant if there was some were else for the tenant to move if you live in a home that is to large it is only fair that you move if there is somewhere suitable for you if there is not then this tax should not apply the tax should only apply to new tenants then the chioce to pay it would be your own , at the end of the day social housing was never ment to be a home for life as your housing needs change you should have a choice why blame the tenants when there is nowhere for them to go bloodtub
  • Score: -1

12:22pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

I can't see a fault with the bedroom tax,all the effort put into
moaning about it should be channeled into earning the money
to pay it if able to do so,or is that to easy?
I can't see a fault with the bedroom tax,all the effort put into moaning about it should be channeled into earning the money to pay it if able to do so,or is that to easy? Positive thinker
  • Score: -7

1:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Ancient Habbie says...

Positive thinker..so it's O.K. for people who have lived in a house for many years, which they now consider to be their home, to be asked to move to a smaller property either because a) their family have all left home and they have extra rooms b) they were housed their before the bedroom tax became law. In the former case, there are not enough single bed houses or flats across the U.K. to house the number of people that should downsize, trapping many of these people in their original property, but having to pay the bedroom tax. That is unfair.

However, to all the outraged Labour Party members and supporters that campaign against this unfair tax, I love your cynacism. It was your Party that dreamt up this right wing idea before the last election and the Tories implemented it as if it was one of their own policies.

Labour are the new Tories.
Positive thinker..so it's O.K. for people who have lived in a house for many years, which they now consider to be their home, to be asked to move to a smaller property either because a) their family have all left home and they have extra rooms b) they were housed their before the bedroom tax became law. In the former case, there are not enough single bed houses or flats across the U.K. to house the number of people that should downsize, trapping many of these people in their original property, but having to pay the bedroom tax. That is unfair. However, to all the outraged Labour Party members and supporters that campaign against this unfair tax, I love your cynacism. It was your Party that dreamt up this right wing idea before the last election and the Tories implemented it as if it was one of their own policies. Labour are the new Tories. Ancient Habbie
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bloodtub says...

Ancient Habbie wrote:
Positive thinker..so it's O.K. for people who have lived in a house for many years, which they now consider to be their home, to be asked to move to a smaller property either because a) their family have all left home and they have extra rooms b) they were housed their before the bedroom tax became law. In the former case, there are not enough single bed houses or flats across the U.K. to house the number of people that should downsize, trapping many of these people in their original property, but having to pay the bedroom tax. That is unfair.

However, to all the outraged Labour Party members and supporters that campaign against this unfair tax, I love your cynacism. It was your Party that dreamt up this right wing idea before the last election and the Tories implemented it as if it was one of their own policies.

Labour are the new Tories.
should any house be for life
[quote][p][bold]Ancient Habbie[/bold] wrote: Positive thinker..so it's O.K. for people who have lived in a house for many years, which they now consider to be their home, to be asked to move to a smaller property either because a) their family have all left home and they have extra rooms b) they were housed their before the bedroom tax became law. In the former case, there are not enough single bed houses or flats across the U.K. to house the number of people that should downsize, trapping many of these people in their original property, but having to pay the bedroom tax. That is unfair. However, to all the outraged Labour Party members and supporters that campaign against this unfair tax, I love your cynacism. It was your Party that dreamt up this right wing idea before the last election and the Tories implemented it as if it was one of their own policies. Labour are the new Tories.[/p][/quote]should any house be for life bloodtub
  • Score: 4

2:57pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Clever1 says...

I've got a 1 bedroom flat to swop for a 2 or more bedroom flat.
I've got a 1 bedroom flat to swop for a 2 or more bedroom flat. Clever1
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

nivekd says...

Good for the bedroom tax protestors. It's NOT 'so-called'; it IS a bedroom tax - imposed by rich people with lots of spare rooms in order to punish poor people to make up for the economic crimes of other rich people. The Tories call it 'trickle down economics'; I call it 'p***ing on the poor'. Meanwhile sums far greater than anything raised by this tax will be trousered every day by the Tory-loving banking bonus boys who caused the mess we are in.
Good for the bedroom tax protestors. It's NOT 'so-called'; it IS a bedroom tax - imposed by rich people with lots of spare rooms in order to punish poor people to make up for the economic crimes of other rich people. The Tories call it 'trickle down economics'; I call it 'p***ing on the poor'. Meanwhile sums far greater than anything raised by this tax will be trousered every day by the Tory-loving banking bonus boys who caused the mess we are in. nivekd
  • Score: 6

4:44pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

I don't believe a house is for life unless you've payed for it yourself
then it's up to you how many surplus bedrooms you have,however I see it being a bit of a liberty to expect the state to pay for surplus space does anyone agree with me?
I don't believe a house is for life unless you've payed for it yourself then it's up to you how many surplus bedrooms you have,however I see it being a bit of a liberty to expect the state to pay for surplus space does anyone agree with me? Positive thinker
  • Score: 0

10:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Skillo says...

Yes pay the bedroom tax myself and i agree there are not the properties with reduced rooms to satisfy but in our case we are happy to pay the extra and feel lucky to have a council house.
Yes pay the bedroom tax myself and i agree there are not the properties with reduced rooms to satisfy but in our case we are happy to pay the extra and feel lucky to have a council house. Skillo
  • Score: 2

7:42am Sat 2 Aug 14

Positive thinker says...

Why can't you all take a leaf out of Skillo's book,he would appear not to
take everything for grantide
Why can't you all take a leaf out of Skillo's book,he would appear not to take everything for grantide Positive thinker
  • Score: -1

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