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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Street sleep protest over ‘bedroom tax’

Around 15 people have pledged to sleep in Workington town centre tomorrow night in a protest against the so-called ‘bedroom tax’.

It is one of over 60 UK locations hosting a sleep out and has been organised by Mark Ritson, of Maryport.

He said: “ This is intended to be a static and peaceful protest against the bedroom tax.

“While we expect this to be a small group of protesters it at least shows that West Cumbrians are prepared to stand together and show solidarity with those people affected by the bedroom tax.”

Protestors will gather at the corner of Murray Road and Pow Street from 6pm and intend to stay out until 7am.

They are protesting about Government legislation, introduced in April, that sees people in social housing facing cuts in benefits or moving to a smaller property if they are living in homes which have unoccupied bedrooms.

Have your say

I myself am NOT affected by the bedroom tax but I still attended the sleep out we had in Bolton because I think the bedroom tax is ludicrous. As for the daily fail fuelled comments on here, im not even going to give them any of my time. All I can say is, I have worked as a benefits advisor and it is a proven fact that 96% of people have nowhere to downsize to so are stuck with it.

Posted by Christopher Lawton on 27 August 2013 at 21:24

Once again the most vulnerable in society are asked to pay for the mistakes of the rich. We need to organise and agitate against these ruthless public schoolboys. They can only get away with it for as long as we allow them. All the best to Mark Ritson for standing up to injustice.

Posted by gary scott on 26 August 2013 at 08:22

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