Bedroom tax activists stage protest at LMH offices
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Universal Credit and also in Communities, Housing
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Activists are currently staging a protest against the forthcoming 'bedroom tax' at the offices of Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH).
The news was broken on Twitter by Labour Party Councillor for Skelmersdale North Ward, Neil Furey.
Cllr Furey, who is taking part in the protest himself, tweeted "On my way to Bedroom Tax demo outside Liverpool Mutual Homes HQ," and later, "Bedroom Tax protesters take over LMH offices".
Activists posted their reasons for the protest on the internet. A statement said: "Housing Associations have been complicit in the implementation of the bedroom tax since Day 1, and none more so than Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) who manage 15,000 homes in the City.
"As well as issuing mind-numbing advice to tenants about the bedroom tax, the Chief Executive of LMH, Steve Coffey, is even proposing the idea of getting tenants to do unpaid work, or workfare, to make up the shortfall in their rent
"Make no bones about it, LMH won’t hesitate to start legal proceedings if they can’t collect the rent. They’ve even been to court over the treatment of their staff. That’s why we, as tenants, need to make it known to LMH that we won’t take any bullying or harassment."
Responding to the protest, Director of Housing at LMH and Chair of the Liverpool Housing Association's Welfare Reform Group, Angela Forshaw, said: “We vigorously oppose the bedroom tax and with the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing, have lobbied government to re-think its policy.
“There are many nuances to the bedroom tax that some tenants won’t be aware of so it is vital they speak to us if they are in doubt so we can offer as much help as possible.
“We have employed two specialists to provide tenants with advice on fuel debt, budgeting, opening bank accounts, training and work opportunities, and making sure they receive the benefits they are entitled to – last year we leveraged an extra £1.2m for tenants with benefits charity RAISE.”
More to follow.
Picture courtesy of Unite.