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

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The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

Elaine O'Flynn, politics reporter

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.

  • Comments


    davidjb 11:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

    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

    Score: 10
    Jim271 11:32am Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 20
    boredofbolton 11:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 22
    mililly 11:38am Thu 10 Apr 14

    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 ..

    Score: 14
    amir1988 11:42am Thu 10 Apr 14

    Whose got time to protest ?! Oh yeh if you sat on your bum all day you do!

    Score: 12
    Jim271 12:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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".

    Score: -3
    boltonnut 12:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    Evict her then a large family of immigrants can move in at the tax payers expense.

    Score: 0
    Jim271 12:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 1
    cliff4treasurer 12:51pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    It used to be a bad back,now it's depression.

    Score: -4
    Susan Wardle 12:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 0
    Jim271 1:02pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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,

    Score: 6
    lmcbunty 1:24pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 10
    anon-ymous 1:28pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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

    Score: 9
    Jim271 1:37pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 7
    Balboa 1:58pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 11
    boydell 2:07pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 15
    Sunny1 2:12pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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!

    Score: 11
    Tim Burr 2:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 4
    itsnotthatbad 2:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: 1
    natalie29 2:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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 !!!!!

    Score: 5
    FreedomOfSpeech1945 3:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    Three words. GET A JOB!

    Score: -2
    SleepingThunder 5:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

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

    Score: 0
    Frotage 9:23pm Thu 10 Apr 14

    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.

    Score: -1
    davidjb 10:05am Fri 11 Apr 14

    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

    Score: 0
    JustBecause 5:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

    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

    Score: 1
    JustBecause 5:25pm Fri 11 Apr 14

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

    enough said.

    Score: 2
    JustBecause 5:36pm Fri 11 Apr 14

    "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.

    Score: 1

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