I’ve just been to protest about the bedroom tax at the PM’s 10-bedroom country house

Together with David Winnick MP and Kelvin Hopkins MP, I’ve just been to protest about the government’s Bedroom Tax at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Chequers in BuckinghamshireWe called on Cameron to pay the Bedroom Tax on his 10 spare bedrooms at Chequers – this is what we said in our letter:

The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP,
Prime Minister,
Near Ellesborough,

5 April 2013.

Dear Prime Minister,

We have come to protest at the unjust and cruelly vindictive bedroom tax which you have imposed on 660,000 households in publicly rented housing across the country, up to two-thirds of which are estimated to include a disabled member.   You have decided to penalise them because you argue that they all have more bedrooms than they need.   As a result these families, amongst the poorest in Britain, will be forced to pay from their own subsistence income extra rent amounting to either about £11 a week or about £20-25 a week or, if they cannot afford this extra rent, will be forced out of their homes to find smaller accommodation which is simply not available currently on anywhere near the scale required.

You, on the other hand, are provided by the State for your family’s use with a second home set in 1,000 acres with 10 bedrooms.   You have also constantly claimed that “we are all in this together”.   In that case we would ask you to show as much compassion towards Britain’s poorest as you have been shown generosity. 

We would further ask you, do you not therefore think in these circumstances it would be reasonable, given that most of your 10 bedrooms will remain unoccupied for most of the time, that you make an equally proportionate contribution out of your own income towards the costs of the State in the administration of Chequers? 

Yours sincerely,

David Winnick MP       Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP      Kelvin Hopkins MP 

28 thoughts on “I’ve just been to protest about the bedroom tax at the PM’s 10-bedroom country house

  1. Bravo……and thank you
    please keep up the good work
    it’s so uplifting to see your fighting for us all

  2. Any chance Michael Meacher become Labour Leader!
    or become Rochdales MP. Well Done Sir, it what I would want from my MP, standing up to inequality in social issues. My MP was too busy to vote against the welfare reform bill, when I asked him why, he was ill.

  3. Alternatively,he could take in a few lodgers to maximise the use of the spare bedrooms. Seeing as the taxpayers already pay him for these spare rooms they would be rent free , of course.

  4. i would like to thank the three of you for this protest, you have more backbone than the rest of the mp`s put together especially the ones that abstained on that dreadful tuesday

  5. michael you are a great man and thankyou very much for the help you are giving disabled people in this country.

  6. Thank you!! AN MP who speaks up FOR the people is a rare thing these days, thank you to all 3 of you.

  7. thank you!!
    found the link to your page on the Atos Miracles FB page. great feedback, lots of appreciation!

  8. Well done and thank you all for caring , it will be interesting to see what kind of response you get , if any !

  9. Gentleman I raise my hat in your honour, you have raised my spirits immensley. A wonderfully worded letter and so true. “We are all in this together”

    I dont think so, do you think he got the message, again “I dont think so”

    He is so far detached from reality as are the rest of his party, the wrong person to be at the helm.

    My sincere thanks to you all

    John Lezemore

  10. Well done guys.

    If you could also point out that as benefit payments and public sector employees wages are capped at a 1% rise, plus many private sector employees are willing to take no raise to protect their jobs, MP’s should apply this to their own salaries as they are also in the pay of taxpayer.

    Keep up the good work

    Ian Smith

  11. Thank you. The more of us that protest the more likely we will be heard. No doubt high profile protesters as yourselves make the cry of injustice even louder. Hopefully more and more people will stop, listen and think.

  12. Thank you. Lots of respect. Although this bunch of cruel people seem to be beyond shame, actions like yours only add to the pressure against their cruel acts.
    Thank you so much,

    Miki Hall

  13. Its about time these This government actually did something to prove the we are all in it together scenario …so far no luck , I need only one bedroom and they have many spare …take in a lodger they suggest , well with nowhere else to go as there are no smaller homes id like to say im happy to be a lodger for them in one off thier empty rooms …where do i pick up the key ?

  14. Thanks gents,
    You prove that there are some in politics, who realise the hurt this evil government is causing.

  15. Mr Meacher
    You, David Winnick and Kelvin Hopkins are amazing! It lifted my spirits this morning to see this. Respect to all 3 of you and thanks – wish there were more like you.

  16. Mr Meacher I would be very interested to know how many homes you own and how many spare bedrooms there are in those homes ( I already know but thought you’d like to tell everyone else..)
    This draconian “tax” needs to go, of that there is little doubt!

  17. Where in the housing and benefit legislation passed since 1945 are the exact words “spare room subsidy” mentioned? No politician seems to challenge the this wording that the conservatives now want to legally impose on local councils through an Act(a kind of gagging order and a very sneaky precedence to curbing freedom of speech).

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