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Bedroom tax protestors joining 'benefit justice summit'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

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Tenants protesting against the bedroom tax and other welfare cuts are to join a 'benefit justice summit'.

The summit will see residents come together with trade unions, disabled people and other campaigners against the Government's forthcoming raft of benefit changes.

The protestors are to meet at the University of London Union on March 9.

Over 70 Facebook pages have now been set up to protest the bedroom tax.

The pages have titles as diverse as 'Your pets and the bedroom tax' and 'Midlothian against the shocking unfair bedroom tax'.

Commenting on a page called 'Bedroom tax revolt', Facebook member Rick Campbell wrote: "The bedroom tax is an insidious piece of government programming (in my opinion). There are many different aspects of it and welfare reform in general.

"People could put their homes at risk and the future of those homes and the communities in jeopardy for generations to come."

The Government has defended its imminent policy, which will see social housing tenants with spare bedrooms losing up to 25 percent of their housing benefit unless they downgrade their homes.

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has said that the bedroom tax is not about "punishing" tenants and is urgently needed to reduce property waiting lists.

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