Opposing the Bedroom Tax, Birmingham Against The Cuts will hold a protest meet on February 26 at the Victoria Square. Mr Tom, representing the group Birmingham Against The Cuts, says Bedroom Tax will make housing unaffordable for many in the city.
“Bedroom Tax will have negative consequences for many people and has increased the risk of homelessness. Many of the bedrooms classed as spare are in fact used, such as those being slept in by foster children, those used by visiting children of separated parents or those used in a variety of ways by disabled people, who form two-thirds of those affected by the charge,”
Birmingham Against The Cuts was formed in 2010 to campaign against government cuts. The group was formed by a number of left wing political bodies, trade unions and individuals who oppose cuts and austerity and work together to change government policy.
When asked about the benefits of revenue that would be received from Bedroom Tax,he says:
“There are not enough smaller properties for people to move, and so they will be forced into the private sector which is more expensive, causing housing benefit bill to rise, not fall.
“Some people will go into arrears being unable to pay. This loss of revenue to councils and housing associations will mean fewer affordable homes being built in the future, putting further pressure on the housing benefit bill. Others will go short on food or not heat homes in order to pay their rent.”
Birmingham Against The Cuts has been campaigning to stop welfare reforms and benefits. They also support the people affected by the tax and protects them from eviction.
According to Tom, The Bedroom Tax will only benefit the people living in private rental sector.
“The government has rejected a mansion tax on houses over £2m in value but tax the poorest, and council tax is capped so the wealthiest pay proportionately far less than those in an average house. Any tax should focus on those who can most afford it.”