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Manchester Coordinates Anti-Tax Protest

City to host bedroom tax summit talks

Written by . Published on June 6th 2013.

Manchester Coordinates Anti-Tax Protest

MANCHESTER City Council has invited cities from across the country to take part in a summit to discuss the implications of the bedroom tax.

Manchester City Council also encourages people not to suffer in silence as the financial effects of the bedroom tax take hold.

All that follows is the official press release.

Representatives from cities including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich and Cambridge will meet on Friday 7 June as a network of Local Government Association cities who are opposed to the tax, in order to discuss options to help support residents who have borne the brunt of the government’s housing reforms.

Manchester City Council also encourages people not to suffer in silence as the financial effects of the bedroom tax take hold. The council urges any residents who are falling into financial difficulty to seek help from their landlord or housing provider.

The city council executive have also agreed an amendment to the housing allocations policy to ensure tenants who need to downsize because they cannot afford their current property due to the bedroom tax do not impede other residents in need of priority rehousing.

Councillor Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council said: ‘We urge any tenant who is struggling to pay their rent to contact their landlord or housing association and find out what support they can get with housing advice, managing finances and assistance with a move – even tenants looking to find work. Talk to your landlord. We will also act to amend rehousing policies to ensure Manchester people are able, where possible, to be fairly considered if they need to downsize.

‘Social landlords are there to help and advise tenants. There will be circumstances when social landlords will take repossession action – but social housing tenants are legally protected and all repossession cases will need to be heard by a county court judge before any eviction process can take place.

‘The city council will continue to oppose the government’s housing benefit reforms and will support the case to remove and protest against this very real and unfair tax.

‘As such, the city council has changed its rehousing policy to make sure that tenants suffering the blows of the bedroom tax and those people in the greatest housing need will not challenge each other for properties by having two allocation streams – one for tenants looking to downsize and one for tenants who have priority housing needs.

Manchester City Council will also be hosting a meeting with representatives of local government authorities across the country to discuss the impact of the bedroom tax and speak collectively about any future action to oppose it.’

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DavidJune 6th 2013.

Manchester Confidential prefers to act as mouthpiece for this council rather than challenging them.You won't see any critical articles from writers questioning their failed policies.Its instead always the fault of that nasty non Labour government in London.This is the same council that constantly puts up local taxes,local parking charges.

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Critical thinkingJune 6th 2013.

Hi David, I don't believe we've met before, allow me to introduce myself.

Dr StrangeloveJune 7th 2013.

David, wasn't the Orginal Modern one critical, hasn't the MOSI one criticised the lack of care there, and I believe Confidential is organising a debate with the Council over their idiotic city centre traffic strategy on Wednesday 19 June at the Yang Sing. Read things would you?

StephJune 6th 2013.

Good luck to those representatives from other authorities finding decent priced parking in the city. Let's invite everyone to the town hall to discuss that.

AnonymousJune 6th 2013.

It is NOT a tax.

AnonymousJune 6th 2013.

What do you mean it's not a tax? Tax in the title and then repeated several times in the council text (I bet there is internal Labour script advising all members to call it 'bedroom tax'), so it must be a tax. I do hope our council will be equally engaged in fight against income tax and all other unfair taxes.

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StephJune 9th 2013.

Isn't it the additional bedroom subsidy or something like that rather than a tax

AnonymousJune 6th 2013.

The cuts in housing benefits are clearly not a tax. Giving people less money is not taxing them, it is being less generous to them. The only people to pay a 'bedroom tax' are council tax payers. I have a 3 bedroom house on a street of mainly 2 bedroom houses. My house is in a higher council tax band . I pay more council tax because of my extra bedroom.

AnonymousJune 6th 2013.

I fail to understand why the council resist this attempt to balance unfair support to council house tenants, who happen to receive housing benefit, but are occupying more facilities than they need, or would be allowed if they were in private accommodation. I am astounded that the local councils have not seen this as an opportunity to provide better accommodation for those who need more space.. Or is it simply political sabotage. We need a country that pulls together for the fair benefit of all.

DavidJune 9th 2013.

This council is more interested in promoting the agenda of the Labour Party,as with this conference,as with its politically motivated cuts to libraries,rather than seeking to do anything about decades of unfair bias in favour of London,in terms of arts and transport funding.

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DavidJune 9th 2013.

By the way, I hate the Labour Party and Richard Leese.

DavidJune 9th 2013.

Writing under the same name is no problem.But it does when you are writing as if you are another person(Me). Pretending to be another David is pretty tedious,especially as you did it in the past. There are two David writing on this website.

AnonymousJune 10th 2013.

All reads like the same person to me...

TimJune 10th 2013.

The government's bedroom tax would carry more weight if there was an adequate supply of smaller housing for affected tenants to move in to. There isn't, so this policy is in effect just a means of saving money by taking it from the poorest. My only beef with the Council's suggested "action" is it looks feeble, lily-livered and half-hearted compared, for example, to the imaginative steps taken by Leeds City Council.

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