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Book seats for coaches from #Derbyuk to People’s Assembly Against Austerity Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017: Email mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889274723

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Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

Book seats for coaches leaving Derby for Torres Out demonstration by email mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889274723

Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more…

This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People’s Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can’t move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies.

Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017

The week of action will include:
National Demonstration – Sunday 1 October 2017
Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester – March to the Conference Centre

This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.

If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch – we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.

Get Ready | Get Involved | Get Organised

The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now – we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.

Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.

Please check out the Facebook page here, like it and share widely.

Also check out our transport page here.  These are the few coaches already booked and don’t forget to keep checking back as more come in… Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to office @thepeoplesassembly.org.uk so we can add them to the site.

Finally – we urgently need to raise funds!

To take on this task we need to raise a huge amount of money. The more money we raise, the more venues we can book, protests and demonstrations we can organise, events can take place.

We need to raise a minimum of £70,000 but once we hit that target we won’t stop fundraising – we’ll just go bigger and bolder with the events we can plan.

Please make a donation and help make this huge!

Solidarity

 

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You can also keep up with The Derby People’s Assembly Against Austerity on Twitter or Facebook.

More than 50,000 families have been uprooted and silently shipped out of London, leaked official documents have revealed.

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More than 50,000 families have been uprooted and silently shipped out of London, leaked official documents have revealed.

An investigation by i, the sister paper of i100.co.uk, uncovered the true scale of the “social cleansing” taking place across the capital.

Problems arise when families cannot afford homes in their local area and are relocated by councils into other boroughs, creating a domino effect across London and beyond.

The unprecedented number of families being cut off from their relatives and support networks in this way coincides with the coalition government’s introduction of the benefit cap and the so-called bedroom tax.

These charts show the true extent of the issue:

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Campbell Robb, the chief executive of the homeless charity Shelter, commented:

It’s shocking to see in black and white the sheer volume of homeless families being uprooted and sent miles away from their local area.

It’s the housing shortage that has created this crisis, and the only way to escape it for good is for the next government to build the affordable homes we so desperately need.

A spokesman for London Councils said:

Boroughs aim to keep households as near as possible to their home borough where reasonably practicable. However, they are facing huge challenges in finding affordable temporary accommodation in the capital in the context of a very pressured property market and shortage of housing in London.

 

Bedroom tax bites as low-income tenants choose between ‘heat or eat’

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Bedroom tax bites as low-income tenants choose between ‘heat or eat’

Hardship study by DWP finds majority of affected tenants unable to meet rent shortfall, but downsizing is not an option
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Hard-pressed tenants are cutting back on food and energy, or running up debts to try to meet rent payments, the report finds. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Thousands of low-income tenants have been plunged into “heat or eat” hardship as a result of the bedroom tax, a government-commissioned analysis of the policy’s impact reveals.

The study, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), finds that 60% of the 523,000 tenants affected have been unable to meet housing benefit shortfalls of between £14 and £22 a week in full.

The report finds that hard-pressed tenants are cutting back on food and energy, or running up debts with friends or high-credit lenders to try to meet rent payments.

Although one in five claimants has registered an interest in downsizing, shortages of smaller properties mean just 4.5% of tenants had been able to move to a smaller home.

Four-fifths of claimants told researchers they were finding it “very” or “fairly” difficult to meet the shortfalls, and many said they would continue to spend less on household essentials over the next 12 months.

One social landlord told researchers: “Our customers (tenants) are in severe hardship through this reduction in housing benefit and many are needing vouchers for food banks after making rent payments.

“Customers are distraught and telling us they cannot cope and we are dealing with regular threats of suicide.”

Tenants told researchers that financial pressure caused by the bedroom tax mean that they struggled to afford school uniforms, or family swimming trips. They had cut down on going out, or having grandchildren round for a meal.

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, defended the government’s package of housing benefit changes, saying that the DWP was “on track” to have saved over £6bn by next April.

A DWP spokesperson said that 4.5% of social tenants moving in the first six months of the bedroom tax policy was “a promising start”.

Social landlords reported rent arrears were up 16% since April 2013, although it was difficult to attribute this rise entirely to the bedroom tax.

The report notes that just 45 tenants were evicted as a direct result of the bedroom tax during the first six months of its implementation – over half of them by one unnamed social landlord.

However, more than 35% of tenants affected by the bedroom tax had been issued with formal eviction warning letters by autumn 2013. Social landlords predicted “widespread concern about potential future evictions”. Researchers Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and pollsters Ipsos Mori based their work on detailed interviews and surveys with claimants, social landlords and local authorities.

The report, which was published as the government undertook a major ministerial reshuffle this morning – covers the first six months of the bedroom tax after its introduction in April 2013.

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60% Of ‘Bedroom Tax’ Houses In Arrears Due To Cut In Benefits

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60% Of ‘Bedroom Tax’ Houses In Arrears Due To Cut In Benefits

Posted: 15/07/2014 21:38 BST Updated: 15/07/2014 21:59 BST
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Almost 60% of households affected by the “bedroom tax” changes were in arrears as a result of the cut to their housing benefit, an internal Government review has found. Under the policy, social tenants deemed to have a spare room see their rent eligible for housing benefit reduced by 14%, rising to 25% if they have two or more extra bedrooms.

The review found that there was widespread concern that those affected were “making cuts to household essentials” or incurring credit card or payday loan debts to make up the shortfall. The Government was accused of “sneaking out” the report on the day of the Cabinet reshuffle, and Labour described the policy as “cruel”.

Some 20% of those affected had paid none of the shortfall and 39% had only paid their landlords part of the money owed, the interim report for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) found. The report found 522,905 households were affected by the policy in August 2013, which equates to 11.1% of social tenancies.

Some 4.5% of claimants downsized to avoid being hit by the measure within the social housing sector within six months of the removal of the spare room subsidy (RSRS) policy coming into force in April last year. The report found 18% of affected claimants said they had looked to earn more, rising to 50% of those who said they were unemployed and seeking work.

But the report said: “Landlords reported that, five months into the RSRS, 41% of tenants have paid the full RSRS shortfall, 39% have paid some and 20% have paid none. There was widespread concern that those who were paying were making cuts to other household essentials or incurring other debts in order to pay the rent.”

Some 57% of claimants were cutting back on household essentials and 35% on non-essentials in order to pay their shortfall. A quarter of claimants (26%) said they had borrowed money – 21% from family and friends, 3% said they had borrowed on a credit card and 3% had taken payday loans – although it was not known whether they had a history of borrowing for other purposes. Some 10% had used savings and 9% been given money by their family.

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At least a hundred people are protesting outside multimillionaire luxury flats in Knightsbridge – £45k per week rent!

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