Hands Off Our Homes Update – June 2014

Hands Off Our Homes is still fighting. We’re meeting monthly (details below) in Central Leeds, we’re still campaigning and giving advice and support. We anticipate more tenants needing this in upcoming months – we really can make a difference if we stick together and spread the message – keep calm, stay put, organise together.  Here’s an inspiring story from South London, where a woman has won her bedroom tax money back because her ‘spare bedroom’ is a living room!

Leeds City Council is suffering cuts and this is affecting staff. There may be strike action in the council soon and we want to mobilise around putting pressure on housing workers not to harass tenants. This could be real solidarity in practice – watch this space.
Find out our latest info and how you can get involved – 

Some new things on the website:

1. Help! 
We’ve updated our advice for people affected by the bedroom tax who don’t know where to start

2. New advice on appealing against a bedroom tax decision
There are SO many grounds to appeal against a bedroom tax. People have won appeals on various different grounds so whatever your circumstances it could well be worth having a go. Please, if you are affected by the bedroom tax and haven’t appealed yet, or know someone affected, PLEASE read this.

New advice on applying for Discretionary Housing Payments and help moving house
Again, if you or anyone you know are affected, please read this.



1) Demonstration: CIH Conference, Manchester – 26th June 11.30-1.30
At a recent meeting of the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation it was agreed to demonstrate against Eric Pickles (Secretary of State for Homes and Communities) at the CIH Housing conference in Manchester. Contact us if you wish to attend!

2) Benefits Day Of Action – 11th September
It was also agreed to hold a national day of action around welfare and benefits on 11th Sept. This is far wider than the bedroom tax – it’s about welfare and support we all need. Let’s get planning for this – contact us with ideas.

2) We are attending the Galas in various parts of Leeds this summer in order to raise awareness and build support. Please get in touch if you want to help out. No expert knowledge necessary – just an hour or so in the sun (hopefully!) …
Beeston – 14th June
Hunslet – 21st June
Burmantofts – 28th June
Kirkstall – 12th July
Holbeck – 19th July.

Easy stuff- and it keeps this campaign going. Come along.

We now meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm, at the Unison offices, 160a Woodhouse Lane (opposite the Fenton pub). Next meeting is 2nd July.  Do contact us in the meantime!


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