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Protest Against Eviction – CANCELLED AS OF 2nd JULY
Friday 5th July, 2pm
Lambeth County court, Cleaver Street, SE11 4DZ

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Loughborough Estate residents will be protesting against the eviction of an estate resident, Dennis, when he appears in court next Friday July 5th at 2pm

Dennis has found himself in arrears because of a combination of issues which are affecting hundreds of others on this estate alone – periods of unemployment, the bedroom tax and the callous indifference of the Council and the DWP.

He has been subject to the bedroom tax since April and his arrears also relate to scandalous treatment in the benefits system where he has had his payments cut completely during some short periods he was able to find work, and then lengthy delays in getting them reinstated when the jobs finished. He is effectively being penalised for taking any work he could find and now faces losing his home. Dennis is quite desperate and is expecting to go on to the streets if he is evicted because he has no family support to fall back on.

Although his rent arrears have been building up over a period of time he has never even been offered a face-to-face meeting with his housing officer to help resolve his problems before being summonsed to court.

Lambeth Council should be supporting people like Dennis to get the benefits they are entitled to and should be refusing to evict anyone affected by the Government’s unfair benefit cuts and bedroom tax which the Council say they oppose – they should not be spending council tax money hauling vulnerable people through the courts and making them homeless.

Anyone who would like to support Dennis and oppose this eviction please join us at the court on Friday at 2pm.