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Protest Outside Westminster City Hall & Mass Food Give Away!

Thursday, April 14 · 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Westminster Council have reacted with undisguised glee to the Housing Benefit changes which will see thousands of benefit claimants forced to leave the borough or face homelessness. On top of this they plan to make it a criminal offence to sleep on the street or hand out free food to the homeless in some parts of the borough.

As part of the third National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts we will be gathering outside Westminster City Hall on the 14th April at 5pm for a protest and mass free food give away.

Bring musical instruments, noise, banners, placards, leaflets and lots of food and say no to the economic cleansing of Central London.

Plans are afoot for other activities in London earlier in the day – keep an eye on the main facebook page or website for details, plus news on other events around the UK.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=186039361439862

Also called – Leeds: Thursday, April 14 · 10:30am – 2:00pm

Meeting @ Leeds Train Station 10am before moving to picket ATOS from 10:30 for an hour then move onto A4e/BEST for a couple of hours. The last picket was a great success and we hope to have another good day. Bring banners, flags etc.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155593464493862&

Poole: Outside the Jobcentre at noon. Everyone welcome!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161332900587762

Claimants Who Can’t Pay Rent Will Be Intentionally Homeless Say Westminster

The Tory vermin at Westminster Council intend to abrogate their responsibility to families unable to meet excessive rents by claiming any eviction due to rent arrears may be considered ‘intentional homelessness’.

With thousands in the borough facing shortfalls in their rent due to the Housing Benefit caps, Westminster Council warn:

“If you do not make up the shortfall in your rent, take insufficient action to resolve the situation and are evicted for rent arrears, you could be considered intentionally homeless.”

When someone is declared intentionally homeless this means that the council no longer has a statutory duty to provide housing, even for vulnerable residents.  This can often apply to those with children.  In the past this has led to some homeless families being informed that a council will house the children (by issuing care proceedings) but the parents are not eligible for help.

Westminster Council are encouraging people on benefits to move out of the borough completely.  With the plans to criminalise street sleeping and ban soup runs, the social cleansing of Westminster, first dreamed up by Shirley Porter, will be complete.

As part of the third National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts a demonstration and mass free food give away has been called for outside Westminster City Hall on the 14th April – 5pm.   Other London events and actions are also planned – watch this space.