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Mass Sleep-Out in Bristol and Cheltenham against the Bedroom Tax 2013

February 23, 2014

I found this video on Youtube of protestors at a mass sleep-out last year on the 25th August against the government’s ‘Under-Occupancy Charge’ or ‘Bedroom Tax’, as it is better known. It’s footage from the ITV West and BBC Points West coverage of the demonstration. As far as I can see, all the report is about the protest in Bristol rather than Cheltenham. It was held on College Green at the foot of Park Street, which lies just in front of the Council House, Bristol Cathedral and the Central Library. The protestors pointed out that the Tax could amount to £100 per month, which some people would find unaffordable. As a result, they would lose their homes. They hoped that their protest would influence Bristol’s elected mayor, George Ferguson, so that they he would not implement in here in Bristol. They also had the wider goal of campaigning against its implementation nationally.

Their fears are being realised, if not in Bristol – yet – then certainly elsewhere in the country. Two of Mike’s friends are being evicted from their homes in the Welsh town in which he lives, because they cannot pay the Tax. These people are decent and hard-working. they are ‘strivers’, not ‘skivers’. And there will be far too many more like them.

Here’s the video:

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