We will be in Parliament Square protesting against the scrapping of housing benefit for young people. The policy comes into force on this day.
This is completely grassroots, we're not 'professional protesters', and we're not acting on behalf of any organisations. We're just pissed off!
Please come and join us! We have a cheeky selection of placards cobbled together on a shoe string budget, but feel free to bring your own, we'd love you to also bring anything that can help us make a noise — drums, stereos, instruments. Or just come and get shouty!
Let's make our voices heard!
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.
A quick note — We are also aware of planned activities by Britain First and the EDL on the same day, as well as counter-demos. It seems London will be very busy Saturday! We fully condemn fascism in all its forms. Instead of fighting each other, let's work for all working class, poor and vulnerable people everywhere.
Fight Austerity. Fight Fascism. Fight Oppression.
Ed, Pete, and the gang.