VIDEO: Bedroom tax campaign launched

HOUSING reps from Hartlepool gathered with others from the region in a rallying call to launch a campaign against the looming bedroom tax.

Fifteen housing associations, including Housing Hartlepool, joined together at Wynyard Rooms to plan their next move in the fight against the Government changes, dubbed by one housing boss as the “nasty tax”.

Representatives of social housing organisations and their tenants gathered at Wynyard Park to guage reaction to a proposed campaign against the Government's planned Bedroom Tax which is due to be introduced in April

Representatives of social housing organisations and their tenants gathered at Wynyard Park to guage reaction to a proposed campaign against the Government's planned Bedroom Tax which is due to be introduced in April

Members of the Tenant Consultation Panel at Housing Hartlepool took part and found out more about the new legislation.

They will now take what they have learned back to residents who will be affected in the town.

From April, the new bedroom tax will affect both social housing tenants in employment and those in receipt of housing benefits if they are found to be under-occupying their homes.

Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast and Country, a housing group in Redcar and Cleveland, which organised today’s event, said: “Last year we had an uprising about the pasty tax, now it’s the nasty tax.

“The bedroom tax is nasty because it is affecting some of the poorest people in society, who through no fault of their own are living in homes that are classed as too big for them.”

• SEE Wednesday’s Mail for reaction.