If you are a housing association tenant and have difficulty paying your rent – including the new bedroom tax which came into force on 1st April 2013 – you will have received letters, phone calls, texts, messages and visits to your home from your housing association to make arrangements to clear your rent arrears. You are maybe one of the 27, 215 tenants in Merseyside who cannot afford to pay the bedroom tax.
You may have already received a Notice Seeking Possession, giving you notice of the intention of your housing association to seek possession of your home through the court. We in the anti-bedroom movement across Merseyside can help you to fight the bedroom tax. It is extremely important that you seek help as soon as possible. The possession of your home and/or actual eviction can be stopped if you seek help and support urgently.
There is help available from anti-bedroom tax groups across Merseyside, many of them meeting on a weekly basis in community venues in your area. Some also run anti-bedroom tax surgeries to assist you in appealing the bedroom tax decision made by your local council, and submitting a Discretionary Housing Payment form to request help towards your rent.
Merseyside Anti-bedroom Tax Facebook Groups:-
Canning, Combat the Bedroom Tax Dovecot, Communities Against the Bedroom Tax (Kirkby), Dingle, Garston & Speke, Granby, Leasowe, Norris Green, Old Swan Against the Cuts, ReClaim, South Wirral, Stand Up in Bootle, Stand Up in Halton, Stand Up in Huyton, Vauxhall/Scotland Road, Wallasey, Warrington Against the Bedroom Tax.
Weekly information and support surgeries:
1. CASA – UNITE – Initiative Factory, Hope Street, Liverpool.
Fridays 2-5pm. Contact Celia Ralph/Paul Jones on 07579203969.
2. ReClaim – Upstairs at the Peacock Pub, 355 Westminister Road, Kirkdale, L4 3TF.
Fridays 3.30-6.30pm. Contact Juliet Edgar/Mick Bennett on 07528194137.
3. Combat the Bedroom Tax Dovecot – Dovecot MAC, L14 9BA.
Wednesdays – 2-4 pm. Contact Linda Green on 07760461701.
4. Old Swan Against the Cuts at Old Swan Youth Centre, 23 Derby Lane, Liverpool, L13 6QA.Tuesdays – 5.30-7pm. Contact Ruth or Sheila at Old Swan Youth Centre on 0151 225 1574.
5. Communities Against the Bedroom Tax - Sacred Heart social club, Northwood, KirkbyTuesdays - 7pm.