The national housing crisis and the effect on the Forest of Dean will be highlighted next week with a series of public meetings across the Forest, attended by Labour leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Royall.
One year after the introduction of the Bedroom Tax, people in the Forest of Dean are suffering. The Bedroom Tax only serves to increase poverty and send people to the foodbank queues.
Many of the Forest of Dean’s residents have been hit by the Bedroom Tax.
- 408 families have been affected
- 801 families are looking for a one bedroom property, but only 44 were available last year
- Just two years ago there were no food banks in the Forest of Dean, now there are three.
Organised by Unite Community and The Labour Party public meetings will take place in Lydney. Coleford and Cinderford on Friday 2 May:
- Lydney 10.00-11.30 – Regents Hall, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5RR
- Coleford 12.00-14.00 – The Main Place, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH
- Cinderford 14.30-16.30 – Unite Centre, Miners’ Welfare Hall, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 2JN
Unite’s South West Community coordinator Brett Sparkes said: “The Bedroom Tax is one of this government’s cruellest policies. It sees some of the most vulnerable have money deducted from their housing benefit if they are deemed to live in a house too big for them.
“Unite Community is working with people from across our communities to put pressure on politicians and make their voices heard. Labour have committed to getting rid of the Bedroom Tax if they are elected next year and that is very welcome but for many another year is simply too long.”
Forest of Dean Labour Party secretary Bruce Hogan said: “The most vulnerable in the Forest are facing a dilemma of trying to move from their family home into smaller accommodation, which is largely unavailable, or face losing vital housing benefit. This policy is forcing many into real poverty.”
For further information please contact Brett Sparkes on 07702 874585 or Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.
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Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.