This April the correctly maligned 'bedroom tax' and the changes to
council tax benefits will be another blow to the poorest in society while
the rich see income tax on their high earnings cut by 5%.
Housing Futures Research found that 42% of the 660,000 households
to be hit by the bedroom tax already struggle financially. A
staggering 72% have disability and/or health problems. Yet the
government wants to take 14% of your housing benefit if you are in
social housing and deemed to have one 'spare room' and 25% for two
This crazy attack will see people forced out of cheaper social
housing because of a shortage of single bedroom properties, and into
the private sector where soaring rents will mean their housing
benefit claim actually rises!
The government is also handing council tax support responsibility
to local councils while cutting funding by 10%. Some bills will rise
by £600 a year. Over 74% of councils say they'll now charge people
whose incomes are so low that they don't currently pay any council
The poorest working households could see a doubling of the amount they have to pay.
......is an attempt to simply list and coordinate as much information as possible about the growing resistance against the current Governments changes to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax systems. I believe that a co-ordinated response against these changes is essential and hope this site will assist this happening if only in a small way.
Changes to the Housing Benefit system
....the Bedroom Tax
Changes to the Council Tax System
....the New Poll Tax
Things you can do....
- Read and sign as many of the petitions as you can.
- Contact your local MP. To find out how go
- Locate and participate in as many meetings and demonstrations as you can.
- Spread the word in the social media.
- Write to your local or a National newspaper.
- Submit details of your group, website, meetings, facebook page etc. to cantpaywontpay.org.
- Petition to Your Local Council. Not sure how? Try
- Send an Email to the Prime Minister. The easy way do it
- Email every MP. List of MP's emails HERE
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." JK Galbraith
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, Article 25:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
People’s Assembly Against Austerity
cantpaywontpay.org supports the September 2012 TUC Congress resolution, that “the trade union movement must continue leading from the front against this uncaring government with a coalition of resistance taking co-ordinated action where possible with far-reaching campaigns including the consideration and practicalities of a general strike.” In support of the aims of this resolution a number of Trade Union General Secretaries and anti-cuts organisations have supported the call for a People’s Assembly Against Austerity that aspires to build a movement for social justice and develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people, through trade unions and local community organisations, against the ConDem government. The Assembly will provide a national forum to develop links between trade unions, trade union councils and grassroots community based campaigns, and to build confidence of those promoting anti-austerity views which, whilst increasingly popular, are barely represented in Parliament. cantpaywontpay.org agrees to support the call for the People’s Assembly at Central Hall Westminster on Saturday 22 June 2013 and send 1 delegate.
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