On Saturday the 1st of April, we will be in Westminster protesting against the scrapping of housing benefit for young people. This policy change could come into effect later in April and we will be doing whatever we can to stop or slow this process down.
We invite our beloved Tory government to reconsider the effect that this change will have on young people. Since 2010, homelessness under Tory rule has doubled. Policies such as these will continue leaving vulnerable people without homes, making it almost impossible to get into work or education.
The policy says that these changes will not effect vulnerable young people, however, «It is understood that the definition of who falls into the category of “vulnerable” could now be widened so that ministers can maintain they have honoured a manifesto commitment, while acting to nullify the more draconian effects.»
The scrapping of housing benefit for young people could well effect those who have been kicked out of home or forced out through sexual or physical abuse.
It will also disproportionately effect the LGTB community. For many young people, it is not as simple as going back home. Many could end up on the streets, resulting in an array of other issues such as crime, prostitution and addiction among other things.
Policy changing protests have happened before and will happen again. Let's stand up for the most vulnerable people in our society, since clearly our government have no intentions of doing the same.
Bring banners or just bring yourselves, either way, let's make our voices heard!
— Edit 23/03/17
In spite of the tragic events in Parliament Square this week, we are still planning to continue with this demo. Please do stay tuned for any further announcements.
We are also aware of planned activities by Britain First on the same day, as well as possible counter-demos. It seems London will be very busy that day! We are keeping a close eye on this, however we will not be deterred from our planned actions.
We're so pleased with the response to this event and hope you will all still be joining us on 1st April.
— A note about the organisers:
We are just a small group of people, unaffiliated with any organisations or political parties who feel so outraged about this policy that we have decided to take a stand. We hope that in bringing people together and getting the young people who this policy could effect in the same space, we will make our voices heard in Westminster and up and down the country.
If any of you would like to get involved in any way, please message us. We would be happy to have you on board.
This is just one of many brutal Tory cuts happening right across the country. It effects us all, from the despicable underfunding of our NHS to our education system which is not fit for purpose. Together we can give a voice to oppressed groups and show this government that this is our country and we will not tolerate their disgusting regime any longer.
Looking forward to standing together with you all on 1st April 2017.