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Bedroom tax petition goes all the way to UN
A SALISBURY woman has handed thousands of personal stories about the impact of the Government’s bedroom tax to a UN official as she recommends the tax is abolished.
Raquel Rolnik, special rapporteur on housing for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, was sent to Britain by the UN to carry out an inspection of housing conditions to check they provide ‘an adequate standard of living’.
She has been touring London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, meeting officials, human rights activists and protest groups and presented her preliminary findings and recommendations at a press conference yesterday where she recommended the bedroom tax should be abolished.
Jessica McCarnun, from Salisbury, was at the press conference to present Mrs Rolnik with 2,300 letters from people affected explaining how the tax would have a devastating impact on their lives.
Ms McCarnun collected the stories after starting a support group last November and delivered 1,852 letters to Downing Street in July. She also recently organised a Salisbury Mass Sleep Out protesting against the bedroom tax.
She said: “We have fought so long now to get our families noticed and heard, this is a real turning point and proof that you can dream in today’s society. We can see now that when a mistake is made, there is hope that it will be addressed and put right again. “The housing issues in the UK not only cause devastation to families but debilitate us from progress, I think the Government cannot deny now that this blanket legislation does not belong here in a nation so complex and diverse with its needs. Clearly it could never have worked.”
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