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Protest against "bedroom tax" took place in Camborne last weekend

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

  • Protestors make their feelings known about the "bedrooom tax" at a rally in the centre of Camborne.

  • Protestors make their feelings known about the "Bedrooom Tax" at a rally in the centre of Camborne. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20130316C-002_C

  • Protestors make their feelings known about the "Bedrooom Tax" at a rally in the centre of Camborne. for Katri. Ref : TRGH20130316C-003_C

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UP TO 30 protesters gathered in Camborne town centre to express their opposition to forthcoming changes in housing benefit rules dubbed the "bedroom tax".

Among them were town councillors Stuart and Helen Cullimore, who added their support to the campaign by holding up banners and shouting slogans such as "tax the rich, not the poor".

It was organised by Cornwall Anti Cuts Alliance in conjunction with other community groups at the top of Trelowarren Street, between noon and 1pm.

Spokesman Chris Gibson said: "People in Camborne are badly hit by this so we wanted to bring it to the wider audience.

"One lady who has just had a liver transplant and who lives alone in a two-bed home has to find an extra £15 a week if she wants to keep her spare room.

"The room is used by her son who stays and looks after her when she has a bad spell.

"She does not know what to do because she now also has to find an extra £300 a year for council tax.

"The changes affect the poorest and sickest people in the society."

Changes to housing benefit legislation due to come into effect from next month will mean people living in social housing who are deemed to have too much living space will have their payments cut.

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