Regards, Good luck to all. Attached and below is an article cobbled together from a few web sites. tenant-lead organisation. It would be good indicator of whether ESCAFED will be a genuinely Perhaps ESCAFED could have something prepared for next Thursday ? eviction from this labour Council. organise more public and practical help for those who will ultimately face through which tenants can express their disapproval of, and perhaps
Dear All,It is very worrying that there is no co-ordinated city-wide tenants' movement
Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaigners Score Victory Against Eviction
is a single parent, living on the Old Moat Estate in WIthington. Southway
Housing claim she is over £500 in rent arrears. The Bedroom Tax reduction in
her Housing Benefit has added to her arrears.
offers to meet with them, Southway insisted that she appeared in
court so that they can pursue a repossession order.
Campaigners joined Ella for a protest at the court
today and the case has been adjourned.
Tax Demonstration, In Memory Of Stephanie Bottrill – Sat 15th June
from Birmingham against
Benefits Justice Campaign are holding a demonstration on Sat 15th June from
12noon in Chamberlain Square. This will remember Stephanie Bottrill from
Solihull who committed suicide, blaming the government and the bedroom tax in
the notes she left. This is being held with permission of the family.
asking all groups to send delegations with banners to this demonstration.
demonstration will be outdoors. Please contact us at BirminghamAg...@Gmail.com with any
accessibility needs or questions.
be a leafleting session on Saturday 1st June to build for the demonstration,
meeting at Waterstones High St/Bullring from 12noon.
Can’t Pay –
Won’t Leave – No Evictions
tax is a vicious attack on some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in
society. Stephanie Bottrill killed herself as a result of the stress the
bedroom tax put on her.
Social tenants who receive housing benefit have their benefit cut by 14% for
one “unoccupied” bedroom and 25% for two or more.
Birmingham City Council only has 368 available one and two bed properties for
14,000 tenants forced to move or pay more.
The council must refuse to evict tenants who fall into arrears as a result of
the bedroom tax.
The Birmingham Benefit Justice Campaign is uniting all those opposed to the
devastating benefit cuts. By linking up we can challenge the government’s
divide and rule tactics and unite the millions of people hit by these cuts
across the country. Mass resistance beat the Poll Tax and Thatcher, we can do
the same to the bedroom tax and Cameron.
Phone: 07969 415398
Facebook: Birmingham Benefit Justice Campaign
Stop privatisation; improve
existing and build a new generation of first class council housing
on Landlords to act against Bedroom Tax
and housing associations face growing pressure to campaign against the
Bedroom Tax, and ensure tenants are not evicted due to housing benefit
After a meeting
of 36 Councils last week, tenant reps
across Britain are calling on Councils and housing associations to join
are signing a letter to organisers of the Chartered Institute of Housing
(CIH) conference, calling on landlords to oppose the Bedroom Tax and
invite a tenant to speak at the event in Manchester 25-27 June.
The letter says:
While Housing Association and Council Landlords from across the
country meet in Manchester for the Chartered Institute of Housing
conference, the crisis of housing policy and provision is deepening.
Increasing numbers are not paying the Bedroom Tax - because we have not
got the money.
To pay the Bedroom Tax would mean living below the poverty line.
Malnutrition will be the outcome. Yet threats of eviction to make us pay
the Bedroom Tax still persist.
We are asking the housing providers to join with tenants, in
defence social housing, and in opposition to the Bedroom Tax.
We ask to address the conference for a few minutes to explain the views
of the growing number of tenants who are actively opposed to the Bedroom
CIH conference is ten days after a West Midlands march in memory of Stephanie
Bottrill, the 53 year old grandmother from Solihull who killed herself in
despair due to the Bedroom Tax.
The Birmingham march, on Saturday 15th 12 noon from Chamberlain Square,
will see banners from around Britain - details
is part of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation, and
campaigns for investment in existing and new Council housing. Removing
the unjustified 'historic' housing debt burden on Councils would let them
build a new generation of first class, secure and really-affordable
What you can do
Sign the letter to CIH conference organisers - email
Join the Birmingham march Sat 15th 12 noon Chamberlain Square B3 3DH - details
Join DCH and Anti Bedroomsyl...@hotmail.com,
Tax Federation at the Peoples Assembly 22 June in
London to campaign against
benefit cuts and for Council housing.