PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: On the first anniversary of the controversial bedroom tax - a 60th ‘birthday card’ will be delivered to the architect of the ‘tax’, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith
Wednesday will see Iain Duncan Smith celebrating his own 60th birthday – he was born on 9 April 1954.
DATE: Wednesday 9 April 2014
WHEN & WHERE: 10.30-11.00 MPs will pose with the ‘birthday card’ at Old Palace Yard, Westminster SW1P 3JY – and they will also sign it.
WHEN & WHERE: 11.00-11.15 Unite community members will march to the Department for Work and Pensions at Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA to hand in the birthday card.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “As Iain Duncan Smith enters his seventh decade, he may care to reflect on the misery his creation - the bedroom tax - has caused to 600,000 families. It has brought nothing, but hardship and suffering to the already vulnerable and should be scrapped immediately.”
At the weekend, Unite’s demonstrations in five major cities and towns highlighted the misery that the ‘tax’ has caused to over 600,000 families, increasing financial stress, debt and eviction of some of the most vulnerable within our communities.
The protests came as hard evidence demonstrated its abject failure with only six per cent able to downsize in a desperate social housing market, and the cross-party House of Commons Work and Pensions committee confirming disabled people are suffering "severe financial hardship and distress” as a result of the ‘tax’.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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.