By Katie Hind
Thousands of people are expected to join the second round of protests against the government’s unfair new tax
More rallies are being held across Great Britain this weekend to fight against David Cameron’s controversial new idea – bedroom tax.
The Sunday People has been at the forefront of the demonstrations, with placards reading “Stop Bedroom Tax” being visible across the UK.
Since the paper launched its campaign in January, it has featured numerous individuals who will find themselves worse off if the scheme, which will see people of a working age in social housing who have a spare bedroom have their housing benefit reduced by £40 to £80 a month, is introduced.
Last weekend, disabled grandmother Libby Green, 57, told how she was being pressured to move out of her home, which is next door to her son and his three children, while she battles breast cancer. She also suffers from spina bifida and had one of her legs amputated in 1996. She said:
“It’s just unbelievable, I don’t know how they can sleep at night.”
Meanwhile, Fiona Oxley-Goody was sent a letter to tell her she would have to pay £60 per month extra for a home she has had adapted so her severely disabled son Logan could receive round the clock care.
These cases are among the 660,000 who will be affected if the tax comes in.
A fortnight ago, Afghanistan war veteran Cody Lachey, 29, joined 1500 protesters in Manchester after his one bedroom flat was recently reclassified as a two-bed because of a box room.
In Croydon, south London, Janet Richards marched with difficulty after being told she would lose her home too. After she had a leg amputated below the knee, the council gave her a two bedroom flat but she now faces paying extra as it is deemed she shouldn’t have her second bedroom as it is now counted as a spare room, even though a carer stays there.
“I have been too frightened to think about how I will cope. I’m terrified.”
Below are where this week’s peaceful rallies are being held. If you want to tell David Cameron that his despicable new scheme is not acceptable, then join in!
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