Green Party leader condemns bedroom tax on visit to Tameside Emmaus Community

natalie+bennettGreen Party leader, Natalie Bennett, is marking the anniversary of the deeply damaging bedroom tax by visiting the Emmaus community in Mossley, Tameside today, 28 March. The project provides a home and work to the homeless and unemployed.

Natalie Bennett said: “The figures exposed today by the BBC’s research show that only 6% of people affected by the bedroom tax have been able to move. We already know that 66% are in rent arrears, with 15% facing eviction as a result. This latest research is further evidence that the bedroom tax is causing widespread misery and suffering. That there are hundreds of thousands of households trapped in unaffordable homes, is an indictment of the bedroom tax policy, and this government.” (1)

She continued: “The bedroom tax is one further blow to disabled people in Britain, already hit hard by the deeply flawed and unreasonable Work Capability Assessment administered by the dreadful Atos. Two thirds of the households affected by the bedroom tax have at least one disabled member. This unjust tax is piling disadvantage on disadvantage – it expects children of the same gender to share bedrooms yet we’re expecting schools to improve the results of the most disadvantaged pupils. Forcing those children to try to do their homework and study in overcrowded, stressful environments won’t help.”

She concluded: “I’m looking forward to seeing the work of Emmaus Community in Mossley, Tameside, who are trying to tackle the very real challenges of homelessness and unemployment in Greater Manchester. We currently have a government that it is detached from reality with Iain Duncan Smith proclaiming “let them move house” when there are no homes to move to. I’m visiting Emmaus to show that the Green Party understands that many people are struggling. We have sensible, practical policies to ensure that people have a roof over the heads and enough to eat in the UK, the seventh richest country in the world.”

Peter Cranie, the North West Green Party’s European election candidate, said: “I’m deeply concerned about the way in which this cruel tax is affecting families across the North West. Figures from the National Housing Federation show that Greater Manchester is being hit the hardest in our region, with 11,360 households affected and some of the poorest families losing an average of £723 per annum. It’s grossly unfair that the poor are being targeted by this tax, especially when the richest are benefiting from tax cuts. It’s horrifying that such a high proportion of those affected are disabled. The policy risks pushing people who are already desperate into homelessness or into the hands of pay day loan sharks.” (2)

The New Frontlines of War: Corporations, Conflict and Community Resistance


The New Frontlines of War: Corporations, Conflict and Community Resistance

War on Want and UNISON North West present the Manchester leg of the #Frontlines tour, with speakers from Nigeria, Colombia, Palestine and the UK. This event is free, and there’s no need to register.

Join us for an inspirational evening to hear from our international speakers about their inspirational stories of resistance against human rights abuses through education and active campaigns. Find out about corporate abuses, struggles over the control of resources and the aggressive spread of militarism across the world- and what YOU can do about it.

Speakers include:

  • Berenice Celeita of Nomadesc, working to protect communities affected by armed conflict in Colombia
  • Celestine Akpobari of Social Action, empowering communities in the Niger Delta
  • Ayed Abu Eqtaish, of Defence for Children International-Palestine section, protecting the rights of Palestinian children
  • Featuring poetry by Rafeef Ziadah (performance poet and War on Want campaigner)

As the UK continues to feel the impact of austerity we need to strengthen our campaigning work by sharing strategies and ideas with our friends from overseas.

Manchester: Frontlines on Tour

Thursday 27 March 2014, 6.30pm
Main Hall, The Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD

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Britain needs a pay rise

Fair Pay Fortnight – Britain needs a pay rise

Working people in the UK are being squeezed like never before. Wages are worth less today than they were in 2008. But living costs keep rising. Something’s got to give because for most people the government’s much- hyped  economic recovery is passing them by.

Today, is the start of Fair Pay Fortnight: 24 March – 6 April.

Help us raise awareness of Britain’s falling wages and cost of living crisis.

Whether you work in the food industry, construction, road transport, manufacturing or public services, right across the economy, workers are feeling the pinch. Britain’s workers have lost £4,000, on average since 2009 and many people are trapped in low-paid and insecure jobs.

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