Bedroom tax protest in Penzance
PROTESTERS gathered in Penzance on Saturday night to join in a nationwide campaign calling for an end to the bedroom tax.
The Penzance gathering of The Mass Sleepout, which was taking place across the UK, saw campaigners gather outside the council offices on St Clare Street to raise awareness of problems associated with the changes to welfare benefits, which were introduced earlier this year.
Around 35 people started the protest at 8pm, with some camping out overnight and others leaving in the early hours of the morning. A petition to end the Government's spare room subsidy was signed by more than 100 people.
One of the organisers, Lee Jose, said: "People are pulling together countrywide. It doesn't matter if it's 4 people or 4,000 that turned up, we made a bit of an impact.
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"Everybody's done their little bit."
Campaigners claim that cuts to housing benefits are making people homeless.
Michelle Kent, from Penryn, travelled to Penzance to take part in the protest after being affected by changes to welfare benefits when they were first brought in.
She said: "There was a lovely atmosphere. The response we had was very good. People came from all over Cornwall to support the protest."
Mr Jose is planning to organise a similar protest in St Ives in the coming weeks to highlight the lack of housing available for local people.