Plymouth protest sparked by plan for a 'bedroom tax'
PROTESTS about the implementation of the Government's so-called 'bedroom tax' were due to be held today.
Concern has mounted in the past few weeks about the effect the tax will have upon low-income families, separated parents and the disabled. A Plymouth protest is due to start at the Sundial at 1pm.
Other protests are expected to take place all over the country.
Unite say the tax could hit about 650,000 people.
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Since the announcement the Government has backed down on certain aspects, including applying the rules to military families.
Under the changes, foster carers would also be exempted from the controversial plans which will see housing benefit cut for people in social housing with spare bedrooms.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has also made clear that councils can exempt households with severely disabled children.
Len McCluskey, from Unite, said: "The strength of feeling among communities about this senseless and cruel policy is palpable.
"Unite is defiantly proud to be helping people come together to defend their homes and those of their friends and neighbours, too.
"The Government has got this very, very wrong. This is no way to go about solving the housing crisis."
Fathers 4 Justice are expected to join the Plymouth protest.
A spokesman for the Plymouth group said: "Non-resident fathers who have a spare room are particularly badly affected by the bedroom tax. The courts insist that fathers who want to maintain overnight contact with their children must have a spare bedroom in order for them to grant access.
"Therefore this new legislation will punish fathers who are simply doing as they are told by the courts. It is a Catch-22 situation but in simple terms, there are no winners."