13 April 2013 11:00 ~ 1000 Mothers March For Justice – London
In April the last part of the welfare reform planned by the coalition will tumble into place in Haringey and the three other London boroughs who are also part of the pilot scheme. The DWP will impose the £500 cap on all benefits and the bedroom tax. Haringey’s Labour council will charge 20% of the council tax on 26,000 Haringey residents claiming benefits.
Many of benefit claimants are already suffering from the housing benefit caps and sanctions as the prices of food, fuel and other necessities escalate, while the value of their benefits is reduced, as a matter of coalition policy, by moving annual uprating from the RPI to CPI and by freezing increases at 1% for three years.
Inevitable council tax, rent and utility arrears will have to be paid out of a £71.70 a week benefit for a single adult and out of £261.19 a week for couple with two children under the universal credit or the minimum wage. The local authority will apply for a liability order for those who cannot pay adding £70 to the arrears; then the bailiffs add up to £400.
The cumulative impact of all these measures on the poorest mothers and their children will be devastating.
You can watch the Rev Paul Nicolson addressing a TUC meeting in Tottenham about the march on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9nZdT_jxg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
- * Affordable housing and rent controls. No housing benefit caps. No bedroom tax
- * Living wage. Mothers and carers supported.
- * Adequate benefits linked to the increasing prices of food, fuel,
- * clothes, transport and other necessities.
- * Full rights and benefits for disabled people
- * Don’t force people out of London
- * End the new poll tax.
Post Cards and the Flyers can be seen on the TAP website http://www.taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk/1000-mothers-march-for-justice-13th-april/
Initiated By Taxpayers Against Poverty And Supported By:
- * Barnet Alliance for Public Services,
- * Day-mer – Turkish & Kurdish Community Organisation
- * Global Women’s Strike,
- * Haringey Alliance for Public Services,
- * Haringey Solidarity Group, Group,
- * Haringey Housing Action Group,
- * Haringey Defend Council Housing,
- * Haringey Trades Council,
- * Haringey Federation of Residents Associations,
- * Haringey Green Party,
- * Haringey UNISON.
- * High Cross United Reformed Church,
- * London Region, National Pensioners Convention,
- * Socialist Workers Party,
- * Socialist Women’s Union,
- * Single Mothers’ Self-Defence,
- * Somerford Grove Community Centre,
- * St. Paul’s C-of-E Church Tottenham,
- * Taxpayers Against Poverty,
- * WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities)
Methodist Church HQ and the Methodist London District Social Responsibility Commission, the London Region of the National Pensioners Convention and the Vincentians in Partnership are all including information about the 1000 MM in their newsletters.
Rev Paul Nicolson, firstname.lastname@example.org
07961177889 & 02083765455