Waltham Forest Trades Council: campaign against ‘bedroom tax’
Date(s) - 09/04/2013
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Called by Waltham Forest Trades Council. Starts at 7.30 pm.
See Waltham Forest Guardian piece on the meeting: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/wfnews/10313287.Trade_unions_set_to_launch_campaign_against__bedroom_tax_/
Waltham Forest Trades Council set to launch campaign against ‘bedroom tax’
Trade unions are set to launch a campaign against the government’s ‘bedroom tax’.
The plan is part of welfare reform and would see the amount of housing benefits a working age person receives cut if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home.
The local Labour party’s latest figures suggest that around 1,300 people locally could be affected and trade unionists fear they will also suffer, even those in full time work.
Waltham Forest Trades Council will launch a campaign calling for the government to tackle the cost of housing benefit by imposing rent controls on private landlords instead.
It will mark the beginning of the campaign on Tuesday, April 9, at 7.30pm at Harmony Hall in Truro Road, Walthamstow.
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy will address the launch meeting.
Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead John Cryer recently pointed to figures from the National Housing Federation which suggest that 733 households in his constituency will lose on average £728 a year due to the government proposal, due to come into force this April.
The government insists that the housing benefit bill needs to be tackled.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the bill has run out of control.