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''Equal rights for flat dwellers!'.

DAVID Gabriel has taken his protest about the way the Government and public bodies treat poor people to the streets of Cardiff.

Mr Gabriel, 43, of Garth Place, Gabalfa, unfurled a banner in Working Street in the city centre filled with a series of allegations.

He claims flat dwellers are unfairly treated on issues ranging from water charges to council house rents.

Mr Gabriel has written to all members of the National Assembly as well as raising questions with the Local Government Ombudsman and water watchdog, Ofwat.

He said: "It is totally unfair that people who live in flats in converted houses pay proportionately more in water charges and rent than someone living as a family in the same house.

"Nobody seems interested in taking action to make it fair for single and poor people, who are unfairly discriminated against. A family, for instance, can have as many TVs in a house as they want and still pay one fee. But people like me who live in converted houses each have to pay the fee, " said Mr Gabriel, who says passer-bys have been putting their names to a protest petition.

Cardiff already has its regular street protestor Ricky Canty, who has stood outside the city's Civil Justice Centre for more than a year in a demonstration over the way the courts have treated him.

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