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Bedroom Tax Campaigners Step Up Their Fight

Monday September 23 2013

CAMPAIGNERS against the so-called 'bedroom tax' are stepping up their fight.

Barnsley Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax members have been heartened by a number of events in recent weeks that has given them fresh hope.

The tax is a cut in the amount of housing benefit people receive if they're deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home.

The cause of the renewed hope for campaigners comes after a meeting in Cudworth when Barnsley Council's leader, Sir Steve Houghton, told angry tenants he would argue for the council to oppose the bedroom tax.

Cllr Houghton also promised to look into whether the council could follow the example of others in promising no evictions for bedroom tax arrears.

In Scotland, a tribunal in Kirkcaldy decided the local council had to take account of how any 'spare room' was actually being used, leaving the way open for thousands of people across the UK to submit appeals.

Fran Postlethwaite, from the Barnsley Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax group, said: "The pressure that campaigns have put on all over the country is beginning to pay off.

"There are signs that we can get rid of this hated tax. Now we need to step up the pressure."

More cases of bedroom tax arrears are expected to be heard in Barnsley County Court on Tuesday when the council will be taking the next step towards eviction by seeking possession orders on a number of people who have got into arrears.

Fran said campaigners will be outside the court from 9.30am to demonstrate its opposition.

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Reply Posted by anon on Monday September 23 2013 at 11:13
FFS most on the dole expect everything for nothing, get off your backside, get a job and pay your way in life like the rest of us.

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday September 28 2013 at 20:07
here here, go in to private rent and pay way more or get a job and pay your way. if not stop moaning and pay the small supplement

Reply Posted by Xxx on Monday September 23 2013 at 11:36
What about the disabled????

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 29 2013 at 02:39
Many disabled people are on DLA and are actually getting over £200 a week NOT including housing benefit!!

Reply Posted by booo on Monday September 23 2013 at 11:54
end of the day every one going to after pay council tax its about time people stop going on about it not going to happen still going to after pay it.

Reply Posted by Roo on Monday September 23 2013 at 12:00
My mother has a 2bed council house & lives alone, tbh she's never done a days work in her life & doesn't intend to. She's always had everything for nothing & doesn't like the fact she's now having to pay towards her council tax or rent. She can afford to make payments on flash things from Brighthouse though instead of buying second hand like I would do if I needed something! I'm proud to say I've worked since leaving school & pay my way for everything. You're lucky we have a welfare system, in some countries if you don't work you get nothing. At least do voluntary or community work to pay back in to the community!

Reply Posted by me on Monday September 23 2013 at 12:31
Problem is the system has been to good to those who" choose not to work". i agree its harsh for those who are disabled and those actively looking for work as i had to rely on the system myself when i was made redundant. I was lucky enough to find another job. It hits those who genuinely need it the hardest but i struggle to find any sympathy for those who decide not to work when fully able then complain theyre getting less each month.

Reply Posted by Jack on Monday September 23 2013 at 12:39
In principle I agree with the bedroom tax, but there are exceptions which ought to be taken into account. Both my wife and I are disabled, living by ourselves in a 3 bedroomed house. When I got the house in August 94 it had been empty for some time as it was a s@@t hole but we were desperate. At that time I had 4 children at home and I was working. I spent huge amounts of money on this property, not just on cleaning and decoration but on my garden and building a garage. Actually the garage was built with some money left to me from when my late mother passed away.
If I move into a smaller property then there is no way on earth that either my wife or I would be able to move all our furniture. Not only that, I spent £3.500 on security fencing which I could not possibly take with me and I would have to knock the garage down which has been professionally built with all services in there. My dog which died over 10 years ago is buried under the garage and I promised him that I would never leave him.

Reply Posted by F on Wednesday September 25 2013 at 16:40
Nothing like a sympathy vote. If you are genuinely disabled and haven't had any large inheritance and claiming benefits, please explain where £3500 has come from.

Reply Posted by A on Saturday September 28 2013 at 20:18
If you are really that disabled then a 3 bed house is not ideal, maybe you should live in a bungalow? And if you can afford to spend all the money you have on the house then you can afford to pay for the extra rooms you need!

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 29 2013 at 02:43
Don't know about you but I read the part where he said he worked!!!

Reply Posted by Jayne on Monday September 23 2013 at 13:13
Hack I think the major point your missing is IT ISN'T YOUR HOUSE So if you want to spend money on a house that isn't yours that you knew wasn't your that's your choice!!

Reply Posted by DAN on Monday September 23 2013 at 21:35
WHY DON'T HALF OF THEM STEP UP AND GET A JOB?! Asking for people to sign their petitions all day every day in Joseph Bramahs while they are sat on the piss.

I revoke my comments if they work nights and I'm wrong hehe

Reply Posted by King Eric on Monday September 23 2013 at 22:53
What sad, pathetic individuals these campaigners are.

Reply Posted by Alex on Tuesday September 24 2013 at 00:14
I think you (king Eric) and most on here don't know what you are talking about! If you don't campaign, you don't get anything. Remember the Poll tax? Remember The Polish Solidarity? Remember the Civil Rights movement? They campaigned and things changed.

Reply Posted by King Eric on Tuesday September 24 2013 at 11:01
Hey, decent, well-adjusted people see it as a duty to pay their own way in life and at the same time support people who are less fortunate due to a multitude of reasons. They should not be expected to support the lazy, uneducated ,unwashed ,skivers and scroungers of this world. Decent people have really had enough of it.

Reply Posted by zeb on Wednesday September 25 2013 at 09:28
I would have sympathised and agreed with their right to protest until I saw the sparrow park protest. It wasn't a protest just a bunch of incoherent, intoxicated wasters who weren't sure why they were there. I think it was the same 3 that dos in Plumber Park. Just drink and drugs

Reply Posted by Jayne on Tuesday September 24 2013 at 08:31
I think you will find Alex that the nation wide campaigns for GENUINE causes such as the poll tax, polish solidarity and the civil rights movement were for the benefit of the many not just the privileged few who have had it too easy for too long!! How arrogant you class your self in the same category

Reply Posted by T on Wednesday September 25 2013 at 16:35
I don't understand what these so called protesters problems are. They are taking a cut in there benefits. Big deal, we all have to contribute and pay tax in some way or another. Its a load of manure if you ask me. These people need to get out of the wetherspoons and get to a CV clinic.

Reply Posted by Deedee on Thursday September 26 2013 at 08:45
What gets me is if the bedroom tax gets re turned surely council will then me made to pay all money bk that as already been paid then this will leave another hole in system and argument then people will want there homes bk that they gave up it going to be never ending seriously I disagree with the tax but I also agree tough just like petrol prices food prices etc its in place accept it for me personally everyone should b more concerned about the actuall capping of benefits more than other things as some people are loosing £10/70 per week off there money then they have to put it towards there rent the system goes on keep fighting they will only fetch summet else in just pay before u loose everything isn't that what u fighting for anyway

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 29 2013 at 02:50
The benefit cap caps benefits at £350wk for single people and £500wk for couples and families... if you can't live on that amount you need to look at your life cos you're doing something damned wrong!!

Reply Posted by nicola on Thursday September 26 2013 at 09:22
Just be grateful for the amount of housing benefit your receiving and surely any inheritance above 3.5 k wouldn't allow you to qualify for housing benefit !!

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 29 2013 at 02:53
Capital up to £6000 isn't taken into account for benefit purposes - the maximum capital you can have is £16000. Educate yourself

Reply Posted by Jane on Thursday September 26 2013 at 09:47
Some people can't work due to ill health what about them finding it hatd to pay going without food in the mouths which is causing more health problems for them just to pay this bedroom tax if u ask me its stupid yes I agree with the council tax everyone having to pay that but not the bedroom tax its silly

Reply Posted by boo on Saturday September 28 2013 at 20:10
Com I'm Sick Of Seeing Stupid Comments On This Subject, I Am Neither Lazy, Uneducated, Unwashed Skiver King Eric, I Have A Degree, I Have Worked All My Life And Was Made Redundant, I Am Paying 25%

Reply Posted by emma on Saturday September 28 2013 at 20:18
times are hard I get that, but other day walking in town other week and the women asking for people to sign the potion against bedroom tax was drinking a large costa coffee, in my mind if you can afford this then pay the bedroom tax and stop moaning. im a student at uni with 2 young girls as a single mum, as I only study 3 days they wont allow me to have student loans or grants. this is hard but I understand the hard times will be before the good times and then I will have the last laugh but until then I will pay what is asked of me to ensure my children have a safe home.

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 29 2013 at 02:55
I bet the coffee she drank that day cost more than her rent charge for the week!!! it's laughable!

Be proud that you're working hard to give your girls a bright future :) they'll admire you for the struggle

Reply Posted by bob on Sunday September 29 2013 at 18:48
this comment comming from LV who thinks its ok for our elderly to go cold, the word proud comming out of your mouth ought to choke you,please read LV's comments about the 70yr old lady who is without heating

ipso Regulated