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Protesters seek signatures on ‘bedroom tax’ petition in Witney
4:30pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS collected signatures calling on councils not to evict tenants who fall behind on rent because of the so-called “bedroom tax”.
About 30 people signed a petition as campaigners gathered at Church Green, Witney on Saturday.
Under changes introduced in April, housing benefit is cut if the Government deems the tenants to have “spare” bedrooms.
Ministers say the move is needed to free up family homes and cut housing benefit costs.
Witney bus driver is losing £16.50 a month because another daughter has gone to university, creating a “spare” room.
Mr Brown, the vice-president of the Oxford and District Trades Union Council, said he could not afford this when he recently had to take five weeks’ sick leave.
The 44-year-old, who suffers from a bowel disease, said: “The bedroom tax can affect anyone – you never know when circumstances will change.”
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