We post an article from our Scottish comrades below, detailing how a mass movement has now led to the abolition of the hated bedroom tax in Scotland. Over the coming months we intend to continue the fight against this hated Tory policy in Birmingham by helping to build a movement of tenants and supporters to make it unworkable.
Socialist Party Scotland Supporters:
The bedroom tax has been effectively defeated in Scotland. The announcement that the Scottish government intends to end the crushing burden of the hated and reviled bedroom tax is a huge victory.
Mass campaigning, the organisation of hundreds of public meetings the length and breadth of Scotland; thousands marching on demonstrations; lobbies and protests of councils, MSPs and the Scottish government and a refusal to accept any possibility of evictions, proved an unstoppable force.
The defeat of the hated tax will also give a huge boost to campaigners in England and Wales who will step up demands for its abolition and for councils and housing associations to refuse to carry out evictions.
The Scottish government has asked the Con-Dems at Westminster to allow it to provide payments to kill off the tax for 2014/15.
Regardless of whether the Tories allow this, the money can and must be given to social landlords by the Scottish National Party (SNP) government in Scotland to write off all bedroom tax from 1 April 2013 onwards.
The Scottish government had come under enormous pressure from the anti-bedroom tax campaign that, from the start, demanded the SNP use the powers it has to scrap the tax.
The Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, that united the majority of the local campaigns and in which Socialist Party Scotland members played a leading role, was crucial in this victory.
The campaign in Scotland will remain vigilant and will continue to fight to demand all bedroom tax debts are written off.
And that any and all legal action currently being taken by councils and housing associations, leading to possible eviction, is immediately suspended.
The campaign shows that austerity can be defeated. Imagine what could be achieved if the UK’s seven million-strong trade union movement is mobilised in the form of a 24-hour general strike against all the Con-Dems’ cuts.