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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 May 2013

Evict this millionaires' government

Scrap the bedroom tax

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013 , photo by Mid Shelley

Leeds anti-bedroom tax demonstration 21 April 2013 , photo by Mid Shelley   (Click to enlarge)

New data shows that greedy Con-Dem MPs in the cruel cuts Coalition made over 7 million doing outside jobs.

Not content with creaming off their expenses they take on directorships in profiteering companies too. Among them 17 declared more than 100,000 in income during the 2012-13 parliamentary session.

Bankers, hedge fund managers and property magnates are also stacking up the cash. Big business is literally hoarding billions - an estimated 850 billion. At the same time, they use offshore havens and clever accounting to avoid paying tax.

Imagine if it was suggested they'd be evicted if they didn't pay their taxes? Instead, many pro-big business governments argue they can't force the wealthy elite to pay their taxes in case they leave.

The implementation of the bedroom tax is taking the idea there's 'one law for them and one law for us' to new extremes. Some of the poorest in society are being threatened with eviction since the Con-Dems singled them out for special suffering - a cut of hundreds of pounds a year from already very low incomes.

The degree to which we are suffering austerity is devastating. It is reflected in the rapid expansion of food banks.

In the last four years there has been a ten-fold increase in payday loans as incomes don't stretch to the end of the month. And now the government is proposing more cuts to be announced at the end of June for 2015-16.

Enough is enough!

We can't take the pain - already tens of thousands across Britain have shown they simply cannot pay the bedroom tax. And there is a massive mood to fight it.

Join the struggle and we can defeat this tax and, by building a mass working class-led movement, the pro-austerity government too.

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Scrap the Bedroom tax

Evict this millionaires' government

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