Video: Interview with protester at this weeks demonstration

This week protesters turned out in their masses at Birmingham’s Council Hall to voice their disdain with cuts, including the bedroom tax, that the government are putting through.

One of the groups that were involved in the demonstration was the Socialist Workers Party. Andrew Howard from the party was on hand voicing his outrage at the Bedroom Tax,

“They’re making working people pay for the crisis…as I understand from the Bedroom Tax that it is actually going to cost more money to implement than they’re actually going to save.”

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Lack of smaller properties will push people to private housing

The Bedroom Tax proposed by the government is “a further attack on our social security system and affordable housing” says Tom, a member of Birmingham Against the Cuts. The group, formed in 2010, has been opposing various cuts and austerity measures introduced by the government.

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He says:

“It is another ill-thought-through move on the part of the Tory coalition, with so many exceptional circumstances that make this benefit cut unfair and unworkable.

“When the rooms that foster children sleep in and the rooms separated parents keep for visiting children are considered spare, it is clear that this charge will penalize people who are not under-occupying.”

He also opposes the idea of charging disabled people to live in housing that has been specially adapted to their need.

Birmingham Against The Cuts is a group formed of trade unions, service groups, user groups and campaign groups in Birmingham to oppose the cuts being made by the conservative/liberal democrat coalitions both nationally and locally.

Tom says:

“If there were enough smaller properties available then getting people to move from larger properties they don’t need any more makes sense.

“But this should be done through financial encouragement to move and not by forcing people to move out of the communities they have lived and worked in for decades.

“Forcing people to move from social housing to more expensive private rentals to escape the bedroom tax will see the housing benefit bill rise, not fall.”