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Here’s the second weekly update for the Leeds Hands Off Our Homes campaign. As you know, we’re focusing on resisting the bedroom tax in Leeds by challenging the council and social landlords, and focusing on the message: Keep Calm and Stay Put!
Last week was amazing– TWO meetings in separate parts of Leeds on one day, plus loads of leafleting at shops and around houses and flats. With one month to go until the housing benefit cut known as the ‘bedroom tax’ comes in, people are coming together and we’re really getting the message out there.
Please read on to find out how you can get more involved in the campaign in your area.
Middleton Meeting, 28th Feb
40 people came to our public meeting last week and as with other areas, tenants and friends are determined to stay in their homes and support one another. As ever, there was a lot of anger, but no-one to direct it to as none of the invited councillors showed up! Several people agreed to meet again on Friday 8th March at 7pm. For more, read here
If you want more information about fighting the bedroom tax in Middleton or nearby, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the other contacts below.
Armley Meeting, 28th Feb
The Armley group are now meeting regularly at Dennison Hall Club, 7pm every Thursday. This week they’ve been flyering on Armley Town Street, speaking at local meetings and informing their neighbours about the changes and asking them to join the campaign.
If you want more information about fighting the bedroom tax in Armley or nearby, email us at email@example.com or other contacts below.
UPCOMING HANDS OFF OUR HOMES MEETINGS
Thurs 7th March
6.30pm, Dennison Hall Club, Armley
— General local organising meeting, all welcome
Friday 8th March
7pm, St Cross Church, Middleton Park Avenue, Middleton
— After the public meeting, where next? General local organising meeting, all welcome.
Thurs 14th March
6.30pm, The Leeds Rifleman Pub, 2 Carlton Carr, Little London
— Public Meeting for tenants and all interested people, come along to find out more about our campaign and how we’re going to resist the bedroom tax and welfare cuts in our communities. More info
Tues 19th March
7.30pm, The Bangladeshi Community Centre
— Public Meeting for tenants and all interested people, come along to find out more about our campaign and how we’re going to resist the bedroom tax and welfare cuts in our communities. Come along if you’re from Harehills, Gipton or nearby. Co-hosted with Harehills Solidarity. More info.
Tues 26thth March
6pm, Roscoe Methodist Church, Francis St, Chapeltown
– A first public meeting for tenants and all interested people, come along to find out more about our campaign and how we’re going to resist the bedroom tax and welfare cuts in our communities. Come along if you’re from Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton or nearby. Co-hosted with IMPaCT. More info.
This week saw a big demonstration by tenants and residents of Sefton on Merseyside outraged at council cuts and especially the ‘bedroom tax’. Protestors in Bootle, where Sefton Council is based, held up (but didn’t stop) a meeting where the council were agreeing £50m of cuts to an already shrunken budget. Banners included ‘EAT OR HEAT’and ‘Axe the Bedroom Tax.’
We can definitely get some even more resistance in Leeds – nothing like a bit of friendly competition with our friends in Liverpool!
Plus – council figures seen by Hands Off Our Homes reveal the housing situation – there just are no where near enough social rented small properties in Leeds to meet demand. This means 22% of affected council tenants will be hit by a 25% housing benefit cut for being in the only homes Leeds City Council could offer them. This is crazy! More info.
Do you have ideas for actions against the bedroom tax? Meetings or Tenants’ Associations who want help? Thoughts and questions? You can always email us, contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or by the good old telephone.
Keep your eyes and ears out for more updates!
NOT GIVING UP