In April the Bedroom Tax will be One Year Old
MAKE THE BEDROOM TAX HISTORY!
Saturday 5th April
Assemble 12.30pm Cathedral Gds
Short March around Central Manchester
Condemned by the UN, scrapped in Scotland, rejected in the Courts, opposed by trades unions and charities, Labour have pledged to Axe the Tax in 2015.
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7pm Tuesday 18th March
LOBBY OF THE COURT
9.30am Tuesday 4th MARCH
Civil Justice Centre, Bridge St. Manchester
'Its not a bedroom! Its a box room!'
A tenant from Wythenshawe fighting is in court fighting to keep her home, under threat because of the Bedroom Tax.
'I've lived in my house for 17 years. Now with the Bedroom Tax my landlord is charging me extra rent "for living in my own home!"
'I've worked as a nurse, brought my children up. They went to school, then to college, now there is just me and my dog. I've studied and went to university. I would love a job, but I cant get one now.'
'Surely its a human right to have a home. Why should I be forced out?' says Honor.
Last September the UN heard Honor's story.
'My memories are in my home,' Honor told the UN investigator Rachel Rodnik at a the UN Bedroom Tax hearings held in Manchester. The UN report recommends that the Bedroom Tax be scrapped.
Honor Donnelley is appealing to a tribunal over the decision, made by Manchester City Council Housing Benefits Dept, to categorise her house in Wythenshawe as a three bedroom house.
Recent decisions made in benefit tribunal court hearings establish that a 'bedroom is a room by defined by usage'.
In court Ms Donnolley will contend that a room used as a box room is a box room, and not a bedroom. The Housing Benefits department decided she had an unused bedroom without even a visit to see if this were true.
Five Checks to be Made Before Pursuing a Notice Seeking Possession
1. Are there outstanding repairs that have been reported by the tenant?
2. Is the tenant 'exempt' under the 1996 rule?
3. Has the tenant made applications for DHP?
4. Are the rooms really 'bedrooms'?
5. Has the tenant appealed to the Bedroom Tax (HB) decision?
Rushing to court without first checking ALL of these questions cannot
be considered acceptable practice from a responsible RSL.
Below is an open letter to Councillors on the boards of Housing Providers
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