Anti-bedroom tax campaigner sends 'eviction' notices to council's Tory councillors
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing
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An anti-bedroom tax campaigner has sent out 'eviction' notices to all 28 Conservative councillors on West Lancashire Borough Council.
Skelmersdale North councillor Neil Furey claims he has issued the notices to highlight the "serious consequences of the bedroom tax".
"A Notice Seeking Possession is the first step taken by landlords towards evicting tenants from their homes. These notices are distressing and are now being issued to thousands of tenants across the country," explained cllr Furey.
The Labour councillor claims that he called on the Tory-run council to condemn the government's under-occupancy policy and not to start eviction proceedings against social housing tenants who fall behind with their rent as a result of the new charges.
However, the Conservative group voted against the motion.
Since 1 April, anyone of working age living in social housing deemed to be under-occupying their property has had cuts of up to 25% made to their housing benefit.
Cllr Furey added: "Conservative councillors have showed little concern for the plight of tenants and continue to carry out the coalition government’s dirty work.
"I will continue to call on the ruling Conservative group to consider the full consequences of the bedroom tax and not to throw tenants onto the streets."