Bedroom Tax protest in Newcastle

On Saturday 27th July 2013, the Hardest Hit took part in a bedroom tax protest march and rally in Newcastle. The march was largely organised by the Northumberland Disability Forum.

About 100 people took part, with some great speakers including a local councillor and the blind chair of the local Tenants Association. The RNIB sent Lucy Dixon, the Regional Campaigns Officer for the North East, and two volunteer campaigners.

The link below shows the coverage on Sky News – some of the Hardest Hit messages did get across which is great. The guy who is filmed at the beginning of the clip is not affiliated with Hardest Hit but somehow managed to get on camera!


2 thoughts on “Bedroom Tax protest in Newcastle

  1. Public Meeting Newc 30 Nov: Organise to Appeal Against the Bedroom Tax!

    Newcastle City Council: acting UNLAWFULLY!
    DWP: acting UNLAWFULLY!
    Come to the meeting to plan action we can take against the council, DWP and the tribunals services to force them to hear all appeals and stop implementing the bedroom tax!
    Saturday 30 November, 3pm, St Michael’s Centre, 2 Raby St, Newcastle NE6 2AL.


    Appeals against the bedroom tax have been WON in Fife,
    Westminster and Glasgow on the grounds that all councils are implementing the bedroom tax UNLAWFULLY.

    People have won because rooms were less than 70 square feet; because they have never used their spare room as a bedroom; because they use it for equipment to help with their disability or on human rights grounds.

    The 2004 Housing Act makes it a statutory duty of councils to inspect rooms for health and safety and states that rooms of 70sq ft for over 10 year olds are classed as overcrowded.

    This clearly shows that Newcastle Labour council can EASILY and LEGALLY take action to stop the bedroom tax for thousands of families if it wished to; so far the council has done NOTHING.

    Hundreds of people in the North East have appealed the bedroom tax on the same grounds listed above yet not a single appeal has been heard in Newcastle.

    We need to campaign to have an appeal brought to tribunal in Newcastle. This will open the flood gates for all appeals to be heard in the region.

    The Labour Party claim they are against the bedroom tax. Newcastle is run by a Labour Council. If they were truly against it they would stop implementing it now.

    Newcastle Labour Council: No Excuses! Axe the Bedroom Tax NOW!

    Organised by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! – ALL WELCOME

    Sat 30 November, 3pm, St Michael’s Centre, 2 Raby St, Newcastle NE62AL.

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