Sorry this is so late, but sadly Labour Cllr. Lisa Forbes really cannot be bothered to let anyone know that it's taking place. In fact, she rarely lifts a finger to communicate any Peterborough Labour Party news these days, so we have to rely on other sources to maintain a balance in our reporting. The fact is that dozens of peaceful protests will be taking place this weekend all over the UK.
For this information, its thanks to the National Union of Journalists East Anglia! We understand this is a part of a national protest being organised by the more responsive branches of the Labour Party and Labour Left...
So the 'Bedroom Tax' Protest, this Saturday in Peterborough 1pm until 3pm outside the Town Hall, this is one of many events taking place on Saturday up and down the country. A left-wing think tank is organising protests across the country as part of a ‘day of action’ against the government’s bedroom tax.
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Labour Left is hoping to organise protests in 16 cities across Great Britain on 16 March.
On its website, Labour Left said: ‘These demonstrations are not exclusively for Labour Left or Labour party members.
‘If you are a local campaign group, union or just an individual who would like to express your views against this policy then please get involved.’
Other protests are taking place across the country over the next few weeks ahead of introduction of the bedroom tax on 1 April. Under the policy social housing tenants with spare bedrooms will face cuts to their housing benefit.
A demonstration, organised by campaign group Liverpool Against The Cuts, will take place in Bootle, Liverpool on Thursday. The protest will begin outside an office of housing association One Vision Housing.
Defend Council Housing is urging tenants and campaigners opposed to the bedroom tax to attend a summit in London on 9 March while a protest is planned for 30 March in Glasgow.
Please find below updated information about the peaceful protest against the Bedroom Tax called for Saturday 16 March:
Cambridge Bedroom Tax Protest
Saturday 16 March 1pm-3pm
Outside Guildhall, Market Square
Twitter hashtag: #BedroomTax
It is one of five in East Anglia, alongside Ipswich, King's Lynn, Norwich and Peterborough, and one of 57 around the UK.
We welcome you to join us! Please spread the word to family, friends and colleagues too!
Thanks and best wishes,
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TUC Disabled Workers' Committee
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Cambridge & District Trades Council, equality officer
No to Bedroom Tax Campaign Committee
Cambridge joins wave of Bedroom Tax protests across the country
Campaigners against the Bedroom Tax will be mounting a peaceful protest outside Guildhall this Saturday, 16 March from 1pm to 3pm. They will be joining around 15,000 people nationally in simultaneous protests against the changes to housing benefit payments from 1 April. These will see thousands of low income, disabled and vulnerable families who live in council or housing association homes having to find between £70-£120 more rent every month.
Ann Galpin, leading the Cambridge protest, said: “Across the East of England more than 50,000 tenants will be affected with at least 35,000 of them disabled – and who also face closure of the Independent Living Fund.
“Here in Cambridge, the bedroom tax will be hitting hardest in those areas where we know many children are already living in poverty, such as East Chesterton and Kings Hedges. Families will be pushed even closer to the breadline and forced to choose between food and rent, or heating and rent.
“We want to make sure that the government knows that this is not acceptable and it can still draw back from the cliff edge on 1 April.
“There are now 57 protests nationally, including in Cambridge, Peterborough and Norwich, and the number of people joining the protests is growing daily. In Cambridge, protesters will include many people affected by the tax, supported by concerned individuals, welfare rights campaigners, trade unionists and Labour Party members. We need to speak for all those afraid for the future and afraid for their families and that is what we will be doing on Saturday.”
Sara Clarke, who has helped organise the protest, said, “This is not one group or faction, but lots of organisations and individuals collaborating. We are coming together in outrage at this attack on the poorest and weakest by the richest and strongest. We object, and we oppose it. Anyone who feels the same way is invited to come and join us at the Guildhall at 1 o'clock on Saturday!”
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