Bedroom tax protesters camp out in city centre

Bedroom tax protesters camp out in city centre

About 25 people slept on the streets in Plymouth last Saturday night to protest against “bedroom tax”.

Members of Plymouth Against Benefit Cuts (PABC) camped outside the Civic Centre on Saturday night to spread their message, according to DSS Move.

The protesters said that more than 700 Plymouth residents have already applied to downsize their home as a means to escape the bedroom tax that they cannot afford.

They claim there are also many disabled residents that will be forced into greater poverty caused by the bedroom tax.

Father-of-two Neil Stout, from Ivybridge, said he was being affected by the benefits cuts – and now faces eviction and homelessness.

"I can't afford £12 a month when I only get £65 a week," the 49-year-old said. "Now I have arrears of over £500 so the housing association has served me a notice to repossess my home. I don't know what to do. I'm being threatened with eviction and homelessness. I've lived there for 12 years and always been a responsible tenant.

"The economy is flat-lining, there's no shops open and no jobs. What am I supposed to do? I want to work but what is there?"

Plymouth Against Benefit Cuts is now preparing for further public events.