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'Bedroom tax' must not lead to evictions
10:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Letters
Sir – With reference to your report last week about the bedroom tax protest in Witney, I would like to clarify the following points.
I am a bus driver in Oxford and live in Witney, and not a bus driver in Witney.
Secondly the sum of £16.50 per month cut from housing benefit you reported is in actual fact a weekly amount which I was charged for a period of five weeks while off from work with the bowel disease called diverticulitis.
This is a recurring illness and, as such, further periods of absence from work will occur and unless this ‘tax’ is removed, I will again be hit in future.
On the day of our demonstration I had only just finished working additional overtime to pay the outstanding amount back to the housing association, as West Oxfordshire District Council had deemed that I was to be subjected to this charge.
I appealed but have heard nothing from the council.
Our protest was about trying to get all councils and housing associations to enter into an agreed charter that will ensure that no one is evicted from their house if they have fallen behind in rent payments solely because of this unreasonable tax.
Darran Brown, vice-president, Oxford and District Trades Union Council, Witney
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