Dozens of protesters against the so-called Bedroom Tax called for its abolition on Saturday in the town centre – a year after its controversial introduction by the Government.
Many people on low incomes are suffering financially as a result of the loss of housing benefit caused by the tax, or spare room subsidy. June Jones of Kirklees Axe the Tax, (KAT), helped organise the protest at Market Cross and said she was delighted by the response.
“It was a great day and we had several speakers who spoke very movingly about how this tax is affecting people,” she said. “Fortunately we think it is in the process of unravelling.
“The protest was part of a nationwide demonstration against the tax.”
Last year the Examiner reported how KAT had presented a petition signed by 700 people to Kirklees Council urging it not to evict people who cannot pay more rent as a result of the loss of housing benefit.
One of those affected is Josephine Hynes who has lived in a three-bedroom council house in Milnsbridge for the past 19 years.
The 52-year-old, who suffers from severe arthritis, told how she is unable to take part in any work-related activities in connection with the Employment Support Allowance.
She told how she was paying the tax because she was frightened of getting into debt and being evicted. She lives frugally, eating mainly cheap vegetables, doesn’t smoke or drink and has had just one holiday in 20 years.
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