Anti bedroom tax campaigners take to Briggate in protest

Anti bedroom tax rally in Briggate, Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Anti bedroom tax rally in Briggate, Leeds. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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Protestors have gathered in Leeds city centre to demand the so called “bedroom tax” be abolished.

More than a dozen benefit claimants and their supporters from the Hands Off Our Homes and Unite Community groups took to Briggate with placards and banners to appeal against the controversial tax and penalties linked to it yesterday.

The protest march was aimed at rallying against the scheme, which involves assessing the number of bedrooms council benefit claimants need. If they are deemed to have too much unused living space, their benefit payments are reduced.

Debbie Locke, from Hands Off Our Homes, said: “You don’t just get hit by one benefit cut, if you’re affected by the bedroom tax and you get a sanction, you’ll fall behind with the rent and face the threat of eviction.

“The conditions being placed on claimants are inhuman – we’ve met young people sanctioned whilst pregnant and refused a hardship payment.”

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