This press release was issued on 09/05/13

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Press Statement for release on 09 May 2013
United call to stop benefit war
Anti-Bedroom Tax campaigners and tenant organisations are linking up with trade unions, MPs and campaigners to stop unjust benefit cuts and back the Benefit Justice Summit 11 May in London.

In a joint letter Eileen Short of Defend Council Housing, anti bedroom tax campaigners Maria Brabiner (Salford), Pat Millership (Wirral), Alan Wylie (Scotland) and Welsh Tenants , join trade union leaders from PCS, CWU and Bakers unions, Austin Mitchell, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDOnnell MPs and others to condemn benefit cuts which mean 'children are going hungry, torn out of their home, school and community, while the rich get a tax cut'.
They back Councils acting to stop evictions, grass roots campaigns and trade unionists taking action to make 'the Bedroom Tax unworkable' and back the Benefit Justice Summit2.

The Benefit Justice summit 11 May at Central Hall Westminster will bring together anti Bedroom Tax and other benefit campaigns across Britain, to co-ordinate united national opposition to benefit cuts. It includes Welsh Tenants Federation, Chris Baugh PCS, John McDonnell MP, Sean McGovern Unite, Disabled People Against Cuts, and Spanish anti-eviction campaigner Albert Portillo. See

Today's joint letter, follows key tenant organisations stating their support for 'Councils to campaign against the Government's welfare reform, and to join with other councils to make it unworkable.'
In a joint letter the Welsh Tenants Federation, Kirklees, Blackpool, Leeds and several London Federations call on 'all Councils and other landlords to commit not to evict people in arrears due to these benefit cuts', and back the Benefit Justice summit 11 May. See the tenants letter here and today's joint letter here.

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