UK Uncut have called a day of action targeting the bedroom tax and benefit cap. From their website: Save the date – Saturday 13th April- Who wants to evict a millionaire?
The old saying goes that an Englishman’s home is his castle. For the cabinet of millionaire men, this is pretty accurate- having a taxpayer-funded second castle with moat and optional duck pond is not beyond the realms of possibility. Meanwhile, these same millionaire MPs are currently attacking the benefits system, resulting in more and more people having no home at all. This is outrageous, unfair and unnecessary so we must take action to prevent people’s lives being ruined.
Next month, the government intends to introduce the bedroom tax, making 670,000 people worse off for the crime of having a spare room, even if it’s for a disabled partner or child, or foster children to sleep in. For example, in Hull the bedroom tax hits 4,700 families with a ‘spare’ room, but there are only 73 small properties free.
Even if you don’t have a spare room, you’ll probably be hit by the benefit cap, or both. For many people this will translate to losing about £100 a week. They won’t be able to afford to live in their homes, they will be evicted. Their ‘choice’ will be to move somewhere cheaper, in a different part of the country, to B&Bs or the streets. Westminster Council expects to evict 5,000 families – and evictions are happening almost everywhere.
We must resist the attack on the welfare state and benefits for everyone. The government is doing what it does best – punishing the poorest people for an economic crisis caused by the banking sector and deregulation. People on benefits are not the problem as the government would have us believe. We know it’s the banking system, tax avoidance, and the government’s austerity policies that are destined to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
It’s happening everywhere so we need to fight this everywhere. There have been many meetings across the country and rebellion is fomenting. It’s time to hit the streets and take civil disobedience so we can’t be ignored. It’s time to start organising resistance with your friends, family and your neighbours. It’s time to start plotting your target and your action for Saturday 13th April. We’re thinking bed (blocks), bed time stories for the kids, pillows, removal vans, and targeting people who have got a lot of spare rooms….know anyone who fits the bill in your area? We’ll be announcing the plan (or as much of it as we can) soon…..see you on the streets!