Umbrella campaign group forms to oppose Government's welfare cuts
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Central Government, Housing
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Tenants, Disabled People Against Cuts and other campaigners are linking up in a national campaign against cuts on housing and other benefits.
Forty people from 31 campaign groups, tenants and trade unions met on January 19 in London and agreed to build an umbrella campaign to oppose "attacks on the poor and to fight for benefit justice".
The PCS trade union, with members in Job Centres and benefit offices, and Unite trade union are among those backing a united campaign.
Initial plans include a protest in February and a 'Benefit Justice summit' and further protests in March - one month before further benefit cuts, including the 'bedroom tax', come in in April.
In a statement, The Campaign for Benefit Justice, said: "Cuts in benefits are an unjust attack on the poor. Cuts concentrated on Housing Benefit are already breaking up families, communities and support networks. They will mean poverty, debt and evictions.
We oppose all cuts in benefits and tax credits. We did not cause the banking and economic crisis and will not be scapegoated to pay for it.
"We reject false divisions and stigmatisation of people who are low-paid or unpaid.
"We will join with local and national campaigns including disabled peoples, tenants, unemployed workers, trade unions, students, pensioner, single mothers and others to oppose benefit cuts. We will support and link up local campaigns.
"We oppose all evictions and legal action against those hit by benefit cuts and support all actions taken in defence."