On the 16 March, Labour Left has initiated 40 Bedroom Tax Demonstrations throughout the UK. Find out more about the venues and times of the Bedroom Tax protests on principal organiser Dr Éoin Clarke’s website. The protests call for the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped, and anyone who supports this policy position is welcome to attend.
Throughout the UK, campaign organisers have been busy preparing for the big day. The events are intended to be family friendly occasions. Organisers wish to make clear that people of all political persuasions are welcome, but we would ask that anyone with anything other than peaceful intentions stay away. The police are experiencing cuts too, and we want these events to run as smoothly as possible for them. Labour Left members are not the only people organising the events. In some cases, key organisers include supporters and members of the SNP, Greens, and SWP. We also wish to acknowledge the supportive role Trades Councils and Trade Unions such as Unison have played. We wish to thank all parties for maintaining a broad united front on the Bedroom Tax issue.
The objective of the protests is to send a clear and unequivocal message to Downing Street. David Cameron’s Poll Tax moment has united the nation in opposition to his cruelty. We oppose the Bedroom Tax in principle, and detail. We are calling for the tax to be axed. It is utterly unworkable and will cost more than it saves.
Britain does have an overcrowding problem and it has a housing shortage problem but this is not the solution. In David Cameron’s own County of Oxfordshire, 25,000+ social homes have been sold and not replaced since 1994. Successive governments have failed to build adequate social housing stock. What’s more, more than 6,400 properties in Oxfordshire, and 997,000 homes nationwide lie vacant. The government needs to develop policies to fix these problems instead of targeting the vulnerable. As Labour Left’s Chairperson, Grahame Morris MP, put it “At the same time prisoners get off and millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”
(Text reproduced from Labour Left media release)