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Mirror Covers #BedroomTax Marches

March 16, 2013

I’m very pleased to say I was wrong- the protests have had media coverage!

Protests are taking place up and down the country today against government plans for a new ‘bedroom tax’.

Thousands of campaigners have joined peaceful marches in more than 50 towns and cities across the UK to tell David Cameron that his controversial new scheme is not acceptable.

The tax is expected to affect 660,000 people when it comes into effect next month and will hit the poor, vulnerable and disabled the hardest.

Under the Government’’s welfare reforms, those deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home will have their housing benefit claims reduced by £40 to £80.

More than 17,000 people signed up to join the rallies, which kick-started at around 1pm.

The protest’s national organiser, Dr Eoin Clarke, said: “This is a cruel policy that primarily hits single parents, and the adult disabled.

“Even children deemed disabled but not ‘severely’ so, are affected. Carers, the terminally ill, battered wives and husbands are all affected.

“Soldiers living in single accommodation or indeed foster parents with more than one foster child are hit, despite the Government’s talk of a U-turn.

“There are times in history when people must stand together in defence of common decency – that time has come.”

According to the National Housing Federation, those affected also include separated parents who share care of their children and couples who use a spare bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation.

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