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Cumbernauld's John Miller says bedroom tax is "savage"; inviting locals to public meeting

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:26 GMT on Monday, May 20th, 2013.

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CUMBERNAULD campaigners who are saying ‘no’ to the controversial bedroom tax have invited the public to a meeting which will focus on the under-occupancy charge, later this week.

Part of the UK Government’s welfare reforms, the under-occupancy charge – dubbed colloquially as the bedroom tax, came into force as of April 1st, 2013, and the new measure means cuts of 14 per cent in housing benefit for those in socially rented housing that are deemed to have an “extra” bedroom and 25 per cent cuts for those with more than one extra bedroom.

John Miller, speaking on behalf of the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth Defend Public Sector Jobs and Services Campaign who have organised the meeting said that the bedroom tax is “a savage and unfair attack on the poor and vulnerable”. 

“These cuts in housing benefit will have a devastating effect on people who are already struggling to get by and is already causing considerable concern for those in the firing line,” Mr Miller added. “With hundreds of thousands of people already on the housing waiting lists the Bedroom Tax is no more than another attack on the poor from a government of millionaires.”

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Mr Miller, a prominent Cumbernauld activist has also claimed that people are already being put under stress and made to feel pressure by receiving letters highlighting arrears in their rent.

John added:  “We already have had people contacting us to express their concern about what will happen if they fall into arrears directly as a result of the Bedroom Tax.  Politicians in local councils and the Scottish Parliament who are claiming to be opposed to this measure should back that up by clearly stating that people will not be evicted because of arrears stemming from these cuts. Our meeting will consider some of these issues and how to build a local campaign that will ensure that no is targeted as a result of arrears stemming from this iniquitous tax.”

The meeting takes place on Wednesday 22nd May in The Link Community Centre at 7.30pm with guest speakers from the UNITE Community Branch and No2Bedroom Tax Campaign.

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