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Monday 17 June 2013

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Walsall councillor's challenge - don't evict for bedroom tax arrears

THE WALSALL Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), whose candidates stand for election on a platform of refusal to implement Con-Dem attacks such as the notorious 'bedroom tax'.

This week Walsall DLP councilor Pete Smith submitted the following resolution to be debated at the next full council meeting:

"Given that this council at a recent meeting on 8th April 2013, unanimously expressed its opposition to the so called 'bedroom tax' and resolved to call on the government to scrap the 'bedroom tax', this council now calls upon the Walsall Housing Group (whg) and other social landlords of properties in the borough of Walsall to give assurances that they will take no eviction action against any of their tenants, solely as a result of arrears resulting from the imposition and impact of the 'bedroom tax'."

This resolution will challenge Walsall's establishment party councillors to do more than make platonic gestures of opposition to the bedroom tax. The Walsall Housing Group has five council-appointed members on its 15-person board - why, for example, couldn't they be instructed to implement a non-eviction policy?

It will be a particular challenge to the 28 Labour councilors on Walsall's 'no overall control' council. Will they join Pete to potentially inflict a defeat on Walsall's minority Tory-Lib Dem administration? Or will they side, once again, with another Con-Dem attack on working class people?

Pete's motion follows that moved by the 'rebel two' Southampton anti-cuts councillors and TUSC supporters, Keith Morrell and Don Thomas, at their full council meeting on May 15th.

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/16779/31-05-2013/labour-votes-down-rebel-councillors-no-bedroom-tax-evictions-motion

The council meeting where Pete Smith's motion is being tabled takes place on Monday 8th July 2013 in the Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall.