We are now sending out weekly newsletters to our 150 odd member mailing list. See below for our first edition packed with upcoming events and news. To get this update send straight to your inbox click here and enter your email address.
From now on we are going to be sending out a weekly update on the campaign against the Bedroom Tax and housing benefit cuts in Leeds and the rest of the UK. The issue is really hotting up now, and in 5 weeks’ time (1st April) the Bedroom Tax will come into force in the UK. It’s time to make our voices heard and start planning for what we do after 1st April.
If you do one thing this week….
Make sure you get down to the demonstration at the back entrance to City Hall as Leeds City Council pass their new budget. Weds 27th Feb, 12-2 (full details below)
Demonstration at City Hall – 27th Feb, 12-2pm
Leeds City Council are going to pass a new budget for the coming year and it’s really important we share our anger that the Government’s Bedroom Tax and other welfare cuts are going to affect so many people in Leeds. We’ll be there with the Hands Off Our Homes banner – bring your own housing-related messages to tell the council how you feel. Come to City Hall back entrance (behind the Leeds Met Rosebowl building). Bring your friends and your banners!
Middleton Public Meeting – 28th Feb, 7.30 pm, St Cross Church, Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 4HX
After successful public meetings in Armley and Seacroft, and Hands Off Our Homes action beginning in this areas, our next public meeting is in Middleton. If you live in Middleton, Belle Isle or the surrounding areas please come along. It’s an opportunity to find out more about housing benefit cuts, get together with people who are affected or who want to support those affected, and get organising! More info.
Armley Group Meeting – 28th Feb, 6.30pm, Dennison Club (middle room), Armley
Proof that this campaign is getting big, Armley will see the third meeting this month on how Armley/New Wortley residents can work together to campaign on these unjust policies. Last week people decided to focus on informing their neighbours and friends about the changes and encouraging them to come and campaign together. There’s lots to do – it’s a big area with lots of affected residents – so if you live in this area then come along. There’s strength in numbers.
Little London Public Meeting – 6.30pm, 14th March, Rifleman Pub,
We’ll be holding a public meeting in Little London for those affected in the area. We will confirm a time as soon as we have it but put it in our diary if you’re in Little London/Woodhouse area.
Other meetings are being planned for Harehills/Gipton, Chapeltown and Burmantofts. We’ll have more info next week.
Benefit Justice Summit – 9th March, ULU, London
Defend Council Housing and Disabled People Against Cuts have organised this meeting around all the cuts to benefits/welfare under the banner ‘Cut rents, Not benefits / Can’t pay, Won’t pay / Can’t move, Won’t move!’ Representatives of Hands Off Our Homes are going, contact us if you’re interested. More info.
National demonstration against the bedroom tax, 16th March
Some members of the Labour party/TUC have called this national demonstration day, which is taking place in towns and cities affected by the bedroom tax. It may be that in Leeds we want to have our own demonstration and/or other event? Get in touch if you are interested or or it may be something you want to discuss in your local group if you’re part of one.
UPDATES FROM AROUND THE UK
Anger against the bedroom tax is growing! Here’s what our friends in other cities are doing.
– In Liverpool, there have been a number of public meetings, a strong message of ‘can’t pay, won’t pay!’ and a demonstration and an occupation of Liverpool Homes offices! More info.
– Manchester will hold a public meeting tomorrow called ‘Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay! Can’t Move! Won’t Move!’ Manchester will have 14,000 households affected by the bedroom tax. More info.
– Many northern towns such as Hull, Skelmersdale, Selby and others are getting in on the campaigning. Members of Hands Off Our Homes are supporting these campaigns where we can.
– Glasgow will hold a public meeting against the bedroom tax this week with a demo planned for 30th March
– Can’t make a meeting but want to find out what happened and how to get involved?
– Want to share your story and add to our growing evidence of how the housing benefit cuts will hit Leeds people?
– Want to have a meeting to start organising with people in your area?
There’s a lot of anger and a lot of support out there – let’s stick together and fight the bedroom tax.