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Weekend protest organised for Halesowen over controversial "bedroom tax"
10:42am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A PROTEST is being held in Halesowen this weekend by local residents opposed to the Government’s controversial “bedroom tax.”
On Saturday, as part of national campaign, local Labour party campaigners will descend on the town centre to protest about the removal of the spare room subsidy benefit.
Campaign organiser Stephanie Peacock said: “Across Halesowen and Rowley Regis over 1200 households will be hit by this unfair bedroom tax.
“Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone with a disability or families with a member serving in the Armed Forces who will have to find extra money whilst their loved one is fighting for Britain overseas.”
Miss Peacock added: “Everyone wants to see sensible welfare reform but the bedroom tax is not the answer.
“The tax was introduced to solve under-occupancy in council housing but the there are not enough smaller homes to make this happen.
The unfair tax hits those who serve our Country in the Armed Forces as well as the most disabled and sick.”
This week Work and Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith announced he would not implement the removal of the spare room supplement on foster families and those with members of the serving military.
However, the Government will still push ahead on with the benefit changes as it believes the scheme will free up homes for thousands of houses for people living in cramped conditions.
The protest starts in Halesowen town centre by the clock at 10.30am on Saturday and for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.