'Bedroom tax' rally in Hull city centre (video)
PROTESTORS blew whistles and chanted during a demonstration to scrap the so-called bedroom tax.
They gathered for the rally in Queen's Dock Avenue in Hull city centre today (Saturday) as part of 40 similar events staged across the UK.
Hull and East Yorkshire protest organiser Dermot Rathbone said the objective was to send a "clear and unequivocal" message to Downing Street.
The proposed bedroom tax will affect 660,000 people who have a spare bedroom from next month. The Government's plans will see them have their housing benefit claims reduced by £40 to £80.
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Mr Rathbone said: "We need to show the Government that they can't play politics with people's jobs and people's lives, this country belongs to us as much as it belongs to them."
Speakers including East Riding councillor Shelagh Finlay and Hull east MP Karl Turner, who spoke about the affect the tax will have on vulnerable people.
Mr Turner said: "We needed to come together for the rally today to get the public on side and raise awareness of the problems this will cause in society.
"I have been inundated with emails from constituents in east Hull who are very concerned about the bedroom tax, one from a woman who has lived in her home for 30 years and is proud of it, it's not her fault the country is in such a mess.
"This is an unfair tax which will hit people who are already struggling and it needs to be stopped."