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Focus E15 campaign to lead march against housing crisis

26 Jan 2015: This coming Saturday, (31 January 2015), people from across London will march on City Hall to demand solutions to the housing crisis and better housing.
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West Hendon estate residents protest today against eviction and social cleansing

22 Jan 2015: Our West Hendon campaigners and residents protest today at the loss of their homes to private housing.
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Demand an end to the housing crisis: join the March for Homes

11 Jan 2015: Join the Focus E15 mothers and campaigners, unions and housing groups across London as they call for housing for all.
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Monday 10 November: join the Barnet debate on the housing crisis

9 Nov 2014: An open forum to discuss possible solutions to the current housing situation and the actions to take next.
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Join the #FocusE15 mothers for their campaign anniversary this Sunday!

19 Sep 2014: The Focus E15 campaigners are inviting people to join a day of fun and music on the Carpenters Estate in Stratford this Sunday.
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Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests

11 Jun 2014: Protest group Focus E15 Mothers to join in national day of action to highlight cuts to social housing
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Our latest research in the Independent: councils running out of funds to cover bedroom tax

5 Apr 2014: The bedroom tax has resulted in thousands of people being “driven into destitution” as councils run out of the emergency funds set aside to rescue those worst affected.
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Video from the protest: Focus E15 mums take their petition for social housing to City Hall

23 Feb 2014: Boris wasn't in. The women left him a signed greeting card as well.
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Campaigners to meet at Royal Courts on Friday for bedroom tax appeal judgment

20 Feb 2014: Disabled people and supporters to meet at the Royal Courts of Justice for the Court of Appeal judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge.
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Join the Focus E15 mothers this Friday in their fight for housing for all!

18 Feb 2014: This group of young women have been battling Newham council for accommodation for themselves and their small children for about six months. On Friday, they're holding a special event...
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Young mothers occupy Newham council to fight for social housing for all: Focus E15

19 Jan 2014: On Friday, a group of young Stratford mums occupied the East Thames Housing Association building and Newham council's housing offices as part of their ongoing fight for decent social housing in Newham.
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For all those who think that getting benefits is easy…well, it’s not

17 Jan 2014: This post from Jayne Linney tells you about a typical experience and day...
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Good update from Joe Halewood: about the bedroom tax – the issues for 2014

30 Dec 2013: Joe Halewood with key points for people fighting the bedroom tax in 2014.
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From Leeds: an excellent case study-based report on the devastating impacts of the bedroom tax

5 Dec 2013: The report draws on evidence from 60 case studies of affected tenants and Leeds City Council statistics (acquired through Freedom of Information requests) to provide a detailed picture of the impact on the bedroom tax.
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This is what it is like: a Hackney lawyer describes a fight to stop an eviction….

24 Oct 2013: Jim can’t deal with the 27 page Housing Benefit form that he received. Six months of rent arrears clock up in a flash...
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Leeds Hands Off Homes survey on the bedroom tax: interesting results coming through

15 Oct 2013: An interesting and detailed update from Leeds Hands Off Homes on the bedroom survey they're running.
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Birmingham council lobbied on the unfair, unworkable #bedroomtax

10 Oct 2013: Campaigners lobby Birmingham City Council for a no eviction policy, so that those who are caught by this unfair charge do not risk losing their homes.
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Your discretionary housing payment has run out. Pay the #bedroomtax yourself.

22 Sep 2013: More evidence that evictions are on the horizon and the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped right away...
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Our research in the Independent: bedroom tax: 50,000 people face eviction

18 Sep 2013: The Independent's front page story for Thursday features our latest research on the bedroom tax, which shows the scale of the debt caused by the government's bedroom tax.
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On the bedroom tax…

11 Sep 2013: Video testimonies from bedroom tax tenants about the effect of the bedroom tax on their lives.
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Latest research and data by False Economy

3 Sep 2013: Our research in the press and the databases of public sector privatisation and outsourcing information we're compiling.
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The mass sleepout - 24 August!

12 Aug 2013: There already events planned as part of the national day of action on August 24 in over 40 towns and cities across the UK.
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Bedroom tax – why reclassification is best for landlords and councils

1 Aug 2013: Joe Halewood with more on room size and lifting households out of the bedroom tax.
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Bedroom tax judicial review judgment and vigil on Tuesday morning

29 Jul 2013: Disabled people and supporters will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday as the judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge is handed down.
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Fight the bedroom tax: community deputation to Leeds city council

30 Jun 2013: On Monday 1 July, Hands off our Homes in Leeds will give a community deputation to the full Council meeting of Leeds City Council calling for an end to the bedroom tax.
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How the bedroom tax will transfer housing stock from taxpayers to banks

5 Jun 2013: In this Open Democracy article, Mel Kelly asks who will really benefit from the bedroom tax
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Bedroom tax and the ‘tenant power bloc’ forming – landlords and IDS beware!

30 May 2013: Joe Halewood on the rise and rise of tenant mobilisation against the bedroom tax and what that will mean for Iain Duncan Smith and social housing landlords
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Saturday 1 June: national day of action against the bedroom tax

28 May 2013: On Saturday 1 June, local protests against the bedroom tax are being called all over the UK. Here are some details of the protests and contact information for organisers.
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Our latest research in the Guardian: bedroom tax could make 1000s homeless

27 May 2013: Our latest numbers show that a severe shortage of one-bedroom properties will hit tens of thousands unless new homes are built.
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The high court and the future of the bedroom tax

16 May 2013: Sue McCafferty from We Are Spartacus on the inconsistency, confusion and hardship people are enduring with the bedroom tax.
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Tomorrow: support claimants taking court action against the bedroom tax

14 May 2013: The ten claims, made by a range of people affected by the Bedroom Tax which came into force from 1st April this year, will be heard together over three days starting on Wednesday 15 May.
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How the bedroom tax unfolds: the letters and home visits people are getting

5 May 2013: We're talking to people who have been told they must pay the bedroom tax and we're following their stories, to see how this frightening tax unfolds. It isn't good.
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Bedroom tax research: call for evidence

2 May 2013: The We Are Spartacus campaign is running a project to find out how the bedroom tax is affecting sick and disabled people. Please crosspost and share this information!
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding: Birmingham council report shows impact

27 Apr 2013: A report presented to this week’s Birmingham City Council Cabinet puts numbers and places to the horrific impact of the bedroom tax and benefit cap in Birmingham.
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding

21 Apr 2013: People are already getting calls and letters about paying the bedroom tax. We're talking to a few of those people, following their stories and asking questions of their landlords.
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This Saturday: demonstrate in Leeds against the bedroom tax!

16 Apr 2013: This weekend, people in Leeds will say No to the bedroom tax and No to evictions!
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UK Uncut: who wants to evict a millionnaire?

6 Apr 2013: On Saturday 13th April, UK Uncut will be using civil disobedience in London against a massive wave of cuts that will hit millions of people across the country.
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Social landlords must stand with tenants against the bedroom tax

3 Apr 2013: Hands off Our Homes in Leeds on the problems people are raising at bedroom tax meetings and calls for councils to support tenants.
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Government fails to prevent legal challenge to bedroom tax

27 Mar 2013: The Government has failed in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial bedroom tax, after permission was granted for a judicial review of the regulations.
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Report back from Armley Stop the Bedroom Tax Meeting

17 Feb 2013: Last week, Hands off our Homes in Leeds held another successful bedroom tax meeting in Armley.
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What is a bedroom?: significant new bedroom tax challenges emerge

16 Feb 2013: Joe Halewood asks: what is the legal definition of a bedroom for bedroom tax purposes - and is there even one?
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More meetings, more protests: Seacroft Stop the Bedroom Tax meeting

5 Feb 2013: Campaigns against the bedroom tax continue across the country.
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More on the rotten maths and misinformation used to justify the bedroom tax…

3 Feb 2013: Joe Halewood on more of the real numbers behind bedroom tax and why the housing benefit bill will rise and rise with it.
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More problems with the bedroom tax and why it will add to the welfare bill

25 Jan 2013: What is an acceptable bedroom size? What definitions of underoccupation is the government working to? Will the courts be flooded as the government gets this wrong?
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Falling through the cracks in Britain 2013: a CAB adviser reports

19 Jan 2013: In this excellent article, CAB advisor Deborah Padfield maps the appalling real-life fallout of Britain's dying welfare state.
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The overall benefit cap should be abandoned, not just delayed

3 Jan 2013: Joe Halewood on the many, many holes in the government's overall benefit cap theory.
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We’re making a list: council budget and service cuts 2013-2014 and beyond

21 Nov 2012: We're collating information about council budget, service and jobs cuts around the country. Add yours too.
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Benefit cuts will force thousands to default on council tax – new research

16 Oct 2012: False Economy research shows local authorities preparing for huge losses
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Exclusive: Local authorities set to cut council tax support to poor by a fifth

21 Sep 2012: Our research shows people on low or no incomes hit by council tax hike
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Why paying housing benefits direct to tenants is better for social landlords

22 Aug 2012: Joe Halewood talks about the reality of paying arrears with the overall benefit cap.
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Social housing decline – why has it happened?

14 Jul 2012: Why isn't more made of the massive economic benefits that social housing brings?
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There is a fundamental systemic flaw in Universal Credit

21 Jun 2012: How differing rent, benefit and average earning increases will lead to problems housing larger families.
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The housing safety net is being undermined at the very time it’s needed most

4 May 2011: In the debate about cuts to frontline services, there has been one glaring omission: housing.
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