'Bedroom tax' protests held across the Westcountry
Protesters have made their voices heard over the "bedroom tax" being introduced by the Government.
More than 50 people met in Plymouth city centre to make their stand against the policy.
The new scheme, being brought in next month, is part of the new universal credit scheme. It means housing association and council tenants will have housing benefits cut if they are deemed to have spare bedrooms – 14 per cent cut for one spare room and 25 per cent for two – in a move designed to free up large houses.
Groups represented at the protest included Unison, Unite, the Socialist Party, the Labour Party and Plymouth Uncut. Representatives handed out leaflets and encouraged people to sign a petition to oppose the proposed cuts.
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Suzy Franklin, a 49-year-old healthcare assistant who helped organised the protest, said: "We want to raise people's awareness on the attack on the working class.
"It's going to affect so many people so we need to get the message out there. It's all about getting names on the petition."
Charlene Sibley, another co-organiser, added: "All anyone has got to do is look at the policy to know it's a bad move. This is going to push people out on to the street and without a place to live. We need to remind people they have a voice and to show them the way."
Those against the tax claim the cut in benefits for those with spare rooms in social housing would hit disabled people.
Gemma Peter, 30, said: "This is blatantly unfair. The Government is turning its back on the people who need help."