Protesters take to streets of Penzance against bedroom tax
Protesters met in Penzance last 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 in different towns 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 which were introduced earlier this year.
Around 35 people started the protest at 8pm, some camping out overnight, 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.
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One of the organisers, Lee Jose, said: “People are pulling together country-wide. It doesn’t matter if it’s four people or 4,000 that turn up, we made a bit of an impact. Everybody done there 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 when they were first brought in.
She said that people came from all over Cornwall to support the protest.
“There was a lovely atmosphere. The response we had was very good.”
Mr Jose is planning a similar protest in St Ives in the coming weeks.