On Saturday 5 April, Swindon People’s Assembly will join Swindon Tenants’ Campaign Group to protest about the Bedroom Tax. They are meeting at 10.30am by the fountain, Canal Walk, Swindon Town Centre.
Jo Colby of Swindon People’s Assembly said, “We will be handing out leaflets to raise awareness of the Bedroom Tax which is one of the cruellest, most unjust policies inflicted by this government.
"Nearly two thirds of the people affected are sick or disabled. It demands people move to smaller houses, even though for nine out of 10 victims of this despicable policy there are none to move to.
"It punishes many thousands of people for the failure of governments to build housing.”
One of the founding members of Swindon People’s Assembly, bar manager Mike Boon said “In Swindon there are nowhere near enough smaller homes for all the people affected to ‘downsize’. The latest figures show 140 households having moved, but still there are over 800 tenant households having to find the extra money from their meagre income to pay 14% or 25% of their rent.
"The irony is, whilst the government talk about ‘freeing up spare rooms’ their housing policy is cutting the number of homes available for those on the housing waiting list. Their enhanced ‘right to buy’ policy has led to an increase in the sale of scarce Council housing. Last year in Swindon, three quarters of the homes sold off were larger family homes.”
“We invite everyone who condemns this policy to join us, regardless of their political persuasion.”
For further details of the protest contact Swindon People’s Assembly.
Tel: 01793 522824, email: email@example.com or check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/616629231744664/