Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 18 September 2013

Scotland: Bedroom tax close to death

Let's finish it off!

Philip Stott, Socialist Party Scotland
Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013, photo Jim Halfpenny   (Click to enlarge)

Bedroom tax non-payment levels are soaring in Scotland with an estimated 25 million - half of the 50 million due - likely to be unpaid this year.

Hated and reviled by those it is impoverishing, trade unions, councils, housing associations, the Scottish government and now even a United Nations representative have all been pressed into calling on the Westminster government to scrap it.

Recent victories have emboldened the anti-bedroom tax campaign in Scotland:

In Dundee in April, the Bin the Bedroom Tax campaign forced the Scottish National Party-led council to agree to a 'no eviction for a year' policy - the first council to do so. This pledge has now spread to a majority of councils.

The Labour-led North Lanarkshire council, which had threatened eviction proceedings against a disabled woman, was overturned by a community revolt in August. North Lanarkshire council has agreed to no evictions until April 2014.

A Labour MSP has now drawn up a bill that would change the legislation to rule out evictions and provide 50 million to mitigate the bedroom tax.

Now the Scottish SNP government has announced an extra 20 million this year for DHP payments to help mitigate the impact of the Tory tax.

However - this is not enough. Only the full 50 million and a commitment to cover the loss in housing benefit for the 85,000 households affected until the bedroom tax is scrapped will do.

SNP and Labour politicians have been dragged into action by a mass campaign of opposition from the close-on 100 local campaigns that have been set up and the work of the Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation.

Huge public meetings, thousands on demonstrations, protests at council meetings and the Scottish parliament, as well as MSPs' and councillors' surgeries, have piled on the pressure. Anti-eviction armies are being assembled across Scotland.

The money is there. Last year's underspend by the Scottish government was 179 million. There is likely to be a similar underspend this year.

Combined with the reserves and borrowing powers that local councils have, no tenant in Scotland should have to worry about where they will find the money to pay this tax.

What is the use of SNP and Labour politicians if they won't act and use the powers they do have to protect the poor, disabled and the vulnerable? We are close to a victory over this shocking piece of class hatred, inflicted by a government of pampered millionaires on the poor. It would be a victory not only against the bedroom tax, but against all the cuts being inflicted by the Con-Dems and will give confidence to all fighting back against austerity.

Socialist Party Scotland members have been at the forefront of the campaign against the bedroom tax, in setting up local campaigns in areas across Scotland and in the establishment of the Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation. We say:

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

In The Socialist 18 September 2013:

Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight royal mail sell-off!

Britain: a seething cauldron of class anger

Stop NHS cutbacks

A UN attack we agree with

Hillsborough: even more cover-ups revealed

MPs still have their snouts in the trough

Ban this trade in death

Lock up the tax evaders

What they really think

Socialist Party youth feature

Anger at zero-hour contracts in universities

Socialist Party workplace news

Second seven-day strike at Hovis

Warrington town hall unions lobby councillors

Strikes force One Housing Group into talks

Bus strike against pay freeze

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Lively demo against cuts at Whipps Cross hospital

TUSC campaigners look to shake Fleetwood

Scotland: Bedroom tax close to death

Wolverhampton councillors slash jobs

Overwhelming opposition stuns Hull council

Leicester council feels the pressure

One week left to smash fighting fund target!

The Socialist: Swansea achieves subscription goal

International socialist news and analysis

Commonwealth governments' meeting: Protest against despot Rajapaksa

Kazakhstan: Jailed activist awarded human rights prize

Oppositionists condemn murderous Iran regime

Socialist Party comments and reviews

TV review: Vietnam's 'children of Agent Orange'

Labour backs austerity...


Home   |   The Socialist 18 September 2013   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook

Related links:


triangleIs there an anti-cuts rebellion in Scotland?

triangle'Roses are red, violets are blue, BP and Shell - we're coming for you'

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Scotland - is the stage set for a new independence struggle?

triangleRobert Burns: of the people, for the people

triangleMassive Scottish independence demo marks new stage in struggle


triangle30 years since the huge anti-poll tax demo... And how mass non-payment of the tax was built

triangleNewham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

triangleLiverpool & District Socialist Party: 30 years ago - How the poll tax was defeated

triangleSalford 'no-cuts' budget includes cuts and tax rises

Bedroom tax:

triangleSelf-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!

triangleTory on homeless: "tear down these tents"

triangleThem & us


triangleAll in this together? The 'Blitz spirit' myth

triangleNew laws: Unions must be on guard against attacks on workers' interests


triangleNo-fault evictions ban, but cuts leave tenants vulnerable


triangleOrganising in the workplace in the time of coronavirus

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


Royal Mail

Collective action becoming necessary to ensure safety and vital deliveries



Bus drivers halt sackings - now restore our pay



Fully fund hospices to care for vulnerable children



Help us continue to fight for workers and socialism


Socialist Party

Building the Socialist Party



Postal workers walk out over health, safety and junk mail



Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants


Northern Ireland

Bosses concede to walkouts in Northern Ireland


Bin workers

Refuse collection workers strike



Hull construction workers force bosses to shut down site over health and safety fears



Key workers should make bold demands



Self-isolation class divide: decent homes for all!



Leicester: Nylacast worker exposes truth



More than ever, we need accountable union leaders



Councils must use resources now for emergency response

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020