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.
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.
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.
A very quiet scene now at the house compared with an hour ago
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.
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.
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.
Lots of different organisations are represented - Bolton, Salford, Manchester and South Manchester campaign groups against the bedroom tax have all sent protestors.
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.
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.
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.
The eviction is due to start at noon today.
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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