More than 4,000 people could be affected by the ‘bedroom tax’ in Barnsley, as the Yorkshire town gears up for a rally on Saturday (27 April) designed to highlight the opposition to ‘the tax’.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said its community activists would be demonstrating on Saturday, assembling in Eastgate, next to Barnsley college, Church Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2YW at 10.30 for a march through the town.
This will be followed by rally at the town hall against the hated ‘bedroom tax’ which came into force on 1 April. Speakers will include Barnsley Central MP, Dan Jarvis and Barnsley East MP, Michael Dugher.
The National Housing Federation - the umbrella organisation for housing associations - estimates that 80,000 people across Yorkshire and Humberside could be affected. Unite said that the figure for Barnsley is 4,100, according to research from Sheffield Hallam University.
Some 660,000 people across the UK could be hit because of ‘the tax’, whose architect is the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith.
Unite community co-ordinator for Yorkshire Joe Rollin said: “We will be driving home the message that we want a ‘no eviction’ policy implemented by the Barnsley council and other local authorities in Yorkshire.
“Last Saturday (20 April) more than 1,000 people demonstrated in Leeds against ‘the bedroom tax’. Leeds council has agreed to reclassify 856 homes to avoid this unfair and cruel tax - and we want Barnsley council to do the same.”
Unite has a website called ‘Our Welfare Works’ which sets the record straight on welfare, blowing apart the myths that have been used by the government to promote its savage attack on the welfare state
For more information please contact Joe Rollin, Unite community co-ordinator, on 07711 375 536 or via email and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.