Tenant in Grosvenor Drive, Walkden, gets reprieve over 'bedroom tax eviction'

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  • Protestors are gathering in Grosvenor Drive, Walkden, where a tenant was due to be evicted "because of the bedroom tax".
  • The eviction was due to take place at noon today, but the tenant, called Vicky, has now been given a reprieve.
  • Campaigners against the bedroom tax are supporting the CityWest tenant.
  • She has £3,375.83 arrears in her rent, and protestors say the under-occupancy charge has pushed her debts over the edge.
  • CityWest Housing say she has a long history of rent arrears, and that her debts are not directly related to "bedroom tax" charges.

3:30pm

Looks like there's not going to be any more action or protest today, so we'll be back to see what happens in three weeks' time. Thanks for following.

12:40pm

Mr Krantz from the Federation told me earlier that he couldn't sleep last night for worry of Vicky. "I think CityWest should hang their heads in shame that they weren't able to find a solution before it had to take this massive protest", he added.

12:27pm

A very quiet scene now at the house compared with an hour ago

12:27pm

The Bolton News:

12:15pm

Campaigners also acknowledge that only a quarter to a third of Viicky's arrears were as a consequence of her not paying the under-occupancy charge (CityWest told me this morning that this is not the first time she has appeared in court for not paying her rent). However, Mark Krantz of the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater. Manchester said there won't be any cases of arrears for solely bedroom tax - yet. "We've established an important precedent today", he said.

12:10pm

Some of the protestors told me earlier that Vicky was not given any legal representation when she appeared in court yesterday, and was told she was going to be evicted. This morning, homeless charity Shelter organised someone to be with her and represent her.

12:07pm

There's a few protestors still here waiting for Vicky to return from court, but most have headed to a community centre down to road for a de-brief.

12:03pm

Lots of different organisations are represented - Bolton, Salford, Manchester and South Manchester campaign groups against the bedroom tax have all sent protestors.

12:02pm

Campaigners here are hailing victory that she's been given more time. One man River (he tells me he doesn't have a surname) said the pressure of the press releases of the number of people here today will have made a difference.

12:00pm

Breaking news: Vicky Wreschak has been given a four week reprieve in court this morning to give her a chance to organise re-paying her debts.

11:59am

The Bolton News:

11:42am

Morning everyone, it's Elaine here at Grosvenor Drive. Loads of campaigners have gathered to protest a CityWest tenant who is due to be evicted at 12noon.

11:24am

The eviction is due to start at noon today.

11:23am

Good morning everyone. I'll be at Grosvenor Drive this morning as a tenant is due to be evicted from her home, which campaigners say is because she was unable to pay the bedroom tax.

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11:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

davidjb says...

yeah bedroom tax is a ball ache but most of us pay it even if we dont want to, if she doesnt have to pay and they let her stay lets all not bother either
yeah bedroom tax is a ball ache but most of us pay it even if we dont want to, if she doesnt have to pay and they let her stay lets all not bother either davidjb
  • Score: 10

11:32am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Isn't she being selfish?

I go out to work so why should someone who doesn't have a bigger house than me>

Beggers can be choosers.
Isn't she being selfish? I go out to work so why should someone who doesn't have a bigger house than me> Beggers can be choosers. Jim271
  • Score: 20

11:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

boredofbolton says...

she should try having a mortgage and paying council tax and road tax and income tax and national insurance! i bet she spends her free money on booze and cigs.
she should try having a mortgage and paying council tax and road tax and income tax and national insurance! i bet she spends her free money on booze and cigs. boredofbolton
  • Score: 22

11:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

mililly says...

I dont agree with the bedroom tax and im a home owner..I think if people cant downsize because there are no properties to cater for everyone who may want to then it seems really unfair to me to charge for bedroom tax. They have already stated last year there are not enough properties ..
I dont agree with the bedroom tax and im a home owner..I think if people cant downsize because there are no properties to cater for everyone who may want to then it seems really unfair to me to charge for bedroom tax. They have already stated last year there are not enough properties .. mililly
  • Score: 14

11:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

amir1988 says...

Whose got time to protest ?! Oh yeh if you sat on your bum all day you do!
Whose got time to protest ?! Oh yeh if you sat on your bum all day you do! amir1988
  • Score: 12

12:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

People should have been found alternative accommodation, but then again they would only use various loopholes such as "Prayer Room" or "Don't like the area".
People should have been found alternative accommodation, but then again they would only use various loopholes such as "Prayer Room" or "Don't like the area". Jim271
  • Score: -3

12:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

Evict her then a large family of immigrants can move in at the tax payers expense.
Evict her then a large family of immigrants can move in at the tax payers expense. boltonnut
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

boltonnut wrote:
Evict her then a large family of immigrants can move in at the tax payers expense.
That's the main reason we have this tax.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Evict her then a large family of immigrants can move in at the tax payers expense.[/p][/quote]That's the main reason we have this tax. Jim271
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Thu 10 Apr 14

cliff4treasurer says...

It used to be a bad back,now it's depression.
It used to be a bad back,now it's depression. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: -4

12:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Susan Wardle says...

This was not a bedroom tax case, so the vicious, nasty and racist comments are a little beside the point. It does look as though Shelter's support made a big difference at the eleventh hour for this poor woman. I hope she sorts out her problems and has a better future. Insofar as there is a bedroom tax element to her rent arrears, it is possible to apply for a discretionary payment (DHP ) to help with that, and I hope she gets help to apply-but I don't know what Mark Krantz means by "setting a precedent". The victory goes to whoever got the case back into court, this morning.
This was not a bedroom tax case, so the vicious, nasty and racist comments are a little beside the point. It does look as though Shelter's support made a big difference at the eleventh hour for this poor woman. I hope she sorts out her problems and has a better future. Insofar as there is a bedroom tax element to her rent arrears, it is possible to apply for a discretionary payment (DHP ) to help with that, and I hope she gets help to apply-but I don't know what Mark Krantz means by "setting a precedent". The victory goes to whoever got the case back into court, this morning. Susan Wardle
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Wheres the protesters going to be when people cant pay the increase in Council Tax.

I forgot FRACKING and BEDROOM TAX protests are in fashion with the rent a mob brigade,
Wheres the protesters going to be when people cant pay the increase in Council Tax. I forgot FRACKING and BEDROOM TAX protests are in fashion with the rent a mob brigade, Jim271
  • Score: 6

1:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

lmcbunty says...

In Actual Fact…
○ 660,000 homes are affected by the bedroom tax, of that 330,000 have already fallen into arrears, many families having to choose between feeding their children and paying to prevent being evicted.
○ 72% of households affected by ‘Bedroom tax’ include someone with an impairment or major health concern.
○ Only 1 in 8 housing benefit claimants is unemployed. Most are in work but underpaid.
○ The UK is one of the worlds most unequal rich countries: The poorest 10th get 1% of total income; the richest 10th get 31%
○ The public say addiction is a major benefit cost, yet fewer than 4% of claimants are ill through addiction.
○ 64% of UK families and half the country receive some state benefits.
○ 200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty through benefit changes.
○ 42% of social security spend is on pensions. Ours is an aging population, hence the rising benefits bill.
○ 1000s of disabled people face up to 6 different benefit cuts, some losing up to £23,000 each over 5 years.
In Actual Fact… ○ 660,000 homes are affected by the bedroom tax, of that 330,000 have already fallen into arrears, many families having to choose between feeding their children and paying to prevent being evicted. ○ 72% of households affected by ‘Bedroom tax’ include someone with an impairment or major health concern. ○ Only 1 in 8 housing benefit claimants is unemployed. Most are in work but underpaid. ○ The UK is one of the worlds most unequal rich countries: The poorest 10th get 1% of total income; the richest 10th get 31% ○ The public say addiction is a major benefit cost, yet fewer than 4% of claimants are ill through addiction. ○ 64% of UK families and half the country receive some state benefits. ○ 200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty through benefit changes. ○ 42% of social security spend is on pensions. Ours is an aging population, hence the rising benefits bill. ○ 1000s of disabled people face up to 6 different benefit cuts, some losing up to £23,000 each over 5 years. lmcbunty
  • Score: 10

1:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

anon-ymous says...

to all those whos made nasty vile comments on the bolton news page ....remeber this ...it could be any one of you lot 1 day ...so please think before you type
to all those whos made nasty vile comments on the bolton news page ....remeber this ...it could be any one of you lot 1 day ...so please think before you type anon-ymous
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

looking back I am glad she's allowed to stay, well done all those involved in the protest, at least you did something,

it means another group of benefits tourists do not live there instead.

Id rather my tax be used to help British Citizens than so called "Europeans".

Have a walk down Bolton Job Centre sometime, half the claimants are "EU Citizens with the right to work here" which is ironic.

PS I am not racial intolerant, I am just an ordinary person who has been pushed to the limit.
looking back I am glad she's allowed to stay, well done all those involved in the protest, at least you did something, it means another group of benefits tourists do not live there instead. Id rather my tax be used to help British Citizens than so called "Europeans". Have a walk down Bolton Job Centre sometime, half the claimants are "EU Citizens with the right to work here" which is ironic. PS I am not racial intolerant, I am just an ordinary person who has been pushed to the limit. Jim271
  • Score: 7

1:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Balboa says...

Looks like there were arrears before the supplement charges were applied.

It isn't a bedroom tax, but the left wing BN always report it a such to stoke up public provocation.
Looks like there were arrears before the supplement charges were applied. It isn't a bedroom tax, but the left wing BN always report it a such to stoke up public provocation. Balboa
  • Score: 11

2:07pm Thu 10 Apr 14

boydell says...

If this lady was an MP she could fleece the tax payers for the sum of £45.000 in expenses, repay £5.000 and then get a redundancy payment of £17.000.
Some of the people who read and post on this website are condemning the wrong people.
Its the MP's who should be evicted from the properties they are claiming for, not the ordinary folk who are just managing to get by.
If this lady was an MP she could fleece the tax payers for the sum of £45.000 in expenses, repay £5.000 and then get a redundancy payment of £17.000. Some of the people who read and post on this website are condemning the wrong people. Its the MP's who should be evicted from the properties they are claiming for, not the ordinary folk who are just managing to get by. boydell
  • Score: 15

2:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Sunny1 says...

boydell wrote:
If this lady was an MP she could fleece the tax payers for the sum of £45.000 in expenses, repay £5.000 and then get a redundancy payment of £17.000.
Some of the people who read and post on this website are condemning the wrong people.
Its the MP's who should be evicted from the properties they are claiming for, not the ordinary folk who are just managing to get by.
Exactly right!
[quote][p][bold]boydell[/bold] wrote: If this lady was an MP she could fleece the tax payers for the sum of £45.000 in expenses, repay £5.000 and then get a redundancy payment of £17.000. Some of the people who read and post on this website are condemning the wrong people. Its the MP's who should be evicted from the properties they are claiming for, not the ordinary folk who are just managing to get by.[/p][/quote]Exactly right! Sunny1
  • Score: 11

2:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Tim Burr says...

Susan Wardle wrote:
This was not a bedroom tax case, so the vicious, nasty and racist comments are a little beside the point. It does look as though Shelter's support made a big difference at the eleventh hour for this poor woman. I hope she sorts out her problems and has a better future. Insofar as there is a bedroom tax element to her rent arrears, it is possible to apply for a discretionary payment (DHP ) to help with that, and I hope she gets help to apply-but I don't know what Mark Krantz means by "setting a precedent". The victory goes to whoever got the case back into court, this morning.
Sanity in a sea of madness. Protesters do themselves or others in genuine need no favours. Clearly there are underlying issues here and agree totally Shelter's involvement has made a difference for a month at least. Personally, I hope the lady concerned uses this time wisely to seek advice and act on it. Good luck.
[quote][p][bold]Susan Wardle[/bold] wrote: This was not a bedroom tax case, so the vicious, nasty and racist comments are a little beside the point. It does look as though Shelter's support made a big difference at the eleventh hour for this poor woman. I hope she sorts out her problems and has a better future. Insofar as there is a bedroom tax element to her rent arrears, it is possible to apply for a discretionary payment (DHP ) to help with that, and I hope she gets help to apply-but I don't know what Mark Krantz means by "setting a precedent". The victory goes to whoever got the case back into court, this morning.[/p][/quote]Sanity in a sea of madness. Protesters do themselves or others in genuine need no favours. Clearly there are underlying issues here and agree totally Shelter's involvement has made a difference for a month at least. Personally, I hope the lady concerned uses this time wisely to seek advice and act on it. Good luck. Tim Burr
  • Score: 4

2:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

mililly wrote:
I dont agree with the bedroom tax and im a home owner..I think if people cant downsize because there are no properties to cater for everyone who may want to then it seems really unfair to me to charge for bedroom tax. They have already stated last year there are not enough properties ..
Agreed! the bedroom tax should only go to those who refuse to move. anyone waiting or on a list to downsize etc should be exempt. But this should only be a temp thing, as I'm of the opinion that anyone who earns over a certain amount and has been in regular work should lose their right to social housing and after a generous notice period go and buy or rent private, and pay the rent they'd have to pay for a 3/4 bed house til they move out as this would help greatly with reducing the housing shortage plus help people to own their own home eventually. social housing solely for people who need it not letting families live there on dirt cheap rent for many years.
[quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: I dont agree with the bedroom tax and im a home owner..I think if people cant downsize because there are no properties to cater for everyone who may want to then it seems really unfair to me to charge for bedroom tax. They have already stated last year there are not enough properties ..[/p][/quote]Agreed! the bedroom tax should only go to those who refuse to move. anyone waiting or on a list to downsize etc should be exempt. But this should only be a temp thing, as I'm of the opinion that anyone who earns over a certain amount and has been in regular work should lose their right to social housing and after a generous notice period go and buy or rent private, and pay the rent they'd have to pay for a 3/4 bed house til they move out as this would help greatly with reducing the housing shortage plus help people to own their own home eventually. social housing solely for people who need it not letting families live there on dirt cheap rent for many years. itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

natalie29 says...

She doesn't even have her daughter AT ALL she is screwing the system committing benefit fraud n spendin all her coin on drugs she doesn't pay or see her child she is scum n she be homeless let a workin descent family live there !!!!!
She doesn't even have her daughter AT ALL she is screwing the system committing benefit fraud n spendin all her coin on drugs she doesn't pay or see her child she is scum n she be homeless let a workin descent family live there !!!!! natalie29
  • Score: 5

3:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Three words. GET A JOB!
Three words. GET A JOB! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: -2

5:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

SleepingThunder says...

Just because some one does not have a job does not mean they are a bad person & vice-versa, stop peddleing this goverment meme.
Just because some one does not have a job does not mean they are a bad person & vice-versa, stop peddleing this goverment meme. SleepingThunder
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Frotage says...

lmcbunty wrote:
In Actual Fact…
○ 660,000 homes are affected by the bedroom tax, of that 330,000 have already fallen into arrears, many families having to choose between feeding their children and paying to prevent being evicted.
○ 72% of households affected by ‘Bedroom tax’ include someone with an impairment or major health concern.
○ Only 1 in 8 housing benefit claimants is unemployed. Most are in work but underpaid.
○ The UK is one of the worlds most unequal rich countries: The poorest 10th get 1% of total income; the richest 10th get 31%
○ The public say addiction is a major benefit cost, yet fewer than 4% of claimants are ill through addiction.
○ 64% of UK families and half the country receive some state benefits.
○ 200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty through benefit changes.
○ 42% of social security spend is on pensions. Ours is an aging population, hence the rising benefits bill.
○ 1000s of disabled people face up to 6 different benefit cuts, some losing up to £23,000 each over 5 years.
1/ 'Many families have to choose between feeding their children and paying....' Really, do you have any idea what the state benefits are for singles or couples with dependent children? I do, and there is an adequate amount to cover food, clothing and household bills. 'only 1 in 8 HB claimants is unemployed..' Did you just make this figure up? 'The poorest 10th get 1% of the income....' The top 1% pay nearly 30% of all income tax to the treasury. This money pays for public services and benefits. '200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty....' Please be careful using the word 'poverty'.. When the choice is twenty fags, a scratch card, a mobile phone, a sky TV subscription and a flat screen TV or decent meals for the kids what would you choose? '42% of social security is spent on pensions..' And so it should be. The majority of pensioners have at least paid something in. I rarely reduce my comments to personal insults but you sir are a hand wringing left apologist of the worst kind. Good day.
[quote][p][bold]lmcbunty[/bold] wrote: In Actual Fact… ○ 660,000 homes are affected by the bedroom tax, of that 330,000 have already fallen into arrears, many families having to choose between feeding their children and paying to prevent being evicted. ○ 72% of households affected by ‘Bedroom tax’ include someone with an impairment or major health concern. ○ Only 1 in 8 housing benefit claimants is unemployed. Most are in work but underpaid. ○ The UK is one of the worlds most unequal rich countries: The poorest 10th get 1% of total income; the richest 10th get 31% ○ The public say addiction is a major benefit cost, yet fewer than 4% of claimants are ill through addiction. ○ 64% of UK families and half the country receive some state benefits. ○ 200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty through benefit changes. ○ 42% of social security spend is on pensions. Ours is an aging population, hence the rising benefits bill. ○ 1000s of disabled people face up to 6 different benefit cuts, some losing up to £23,000 each over 5 years.[/p][/quote]1/ 'Many families have to choose between feeding their children and paying....' Really, do you have any idea what the state benefits are for singles or couples with dependent children? I do, and there is an adequate amount to cover food, clothing and household bills. 'only 1 in 8 HB claimants is unemployed..' Did you just make this figure up? 'The poorest 10th get 1% of the income....' The top 1% pay nearly 30% of all income tax to the treasury. This money pays for public services and benefits. '200,000 more children are being pushed into poverty....' Please be careful using the word 'poverty'.. When the choice is twenty fags, a scratch card, a mobile phone, a sky TV subscription and a flat screen TV or decent meals for the kids what would you choose? '42% of social security is spent on pensions..' And so it should be. The majority of pensioners have at least paid something in. I rarely reduce my comments to personal insults but you sir are a hand wringing left apologist of the worst kind. Good day. Frotage
  • Score: -1

10:05am Fri 11 Apr 14

davidjb says...

so in relation to my original comment it looks like we dont have to pay our bedroom tax people, let them arrears build up and just do a mini-protest, saves us money in the long run
so in relation to my original comment it looks like we dont have to pay our bedroom tax people, let them arrears build up and just do a mini-protest, saves us money in the long run davidjb
  • Score: 0

5:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

Bedroom tax effects people to the tune of £16 per week max , how did she get over 3.3 grand in debt. Simple, She's not been paying her rent for some time !

Are shelter around if someone loses there house because they haven't paid the mortgage ?

Its the landlords that suffer because of these idiots at the end of the day, kick her out end of story, if she cannot manage her finances then tuff
Bedroom tax effects people to the tune of £16 per week max , how did she get over 3.3 grand in debt. Simple, She's not been paying her rent for some time ! Are shelter around if someone loses there house because they haven't paid the mortgage ? Its the landlords that suffer because of these idiots at the end of the day, kick her out end of story, if she cannot manage her finances then tuff JustBecause
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Fri 11 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

"CityWest told me this morning that this is not the first time she has appeared in court for not paying her rent"

enough said.
"CityWest told me this morning that this is not the first time she has appeared in court for not paying her rent" enough said. JustBecause
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Fri 11 Apr 14

JustBecause says...

"Mr Krantz from the Federation told me earlier that he couldn't sleep last night for worry of Vicky. "I think CityWest should hang their heads in shame that they weren't able to find a solution before it had to take this massive protest", he added."


Stupid man, there seems to be only one Vicky Wreschak in the area and on facebook, if its the same one she looks like she's having a nice time.
"Mr Krantz from the Federation told me earlier that he couldn't sleep last night for worry of Vicky. "I think CityWest should hang their heads in shame that they weren't able to find a solution before it had to take this massive protest", he added." Stupid man, there seems to be only one Vicky Wreschak in the area and on facebook, if its the same one she looks like she's having a nice time. JustBecause
  • Score: 1

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