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Benefit is not of our doing.

IT is regrettable that the Byker-Heaton 'Axe the Bedroom Tax' campaigners chose to focus their demonstration on the Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) housing office in Byker (Chronicle April 3) as, of course, YHN has nothing to do with the introduction of this unjust cut to housing benefit.

Indeed, as a YHN board member myself, I share the concerns of so many that this will impact on some of the most vulnerable in our communities and in many cases will threaten the very fabric of family life.

We are doing all that we can to advise and support our tenants in offering advice about financial impact of this benefit change and I would urge tenants to seek this guidance rather than simply refuse to pay and thereby face the consequences.

The campaigners have suggested that they will "... put pressure on the council and YHN not to evict people ..."

I can assure these self-same campaigners that eviction is the furthest from our thoughts and we will be doing all that we can to help our tenants in the face of these unjust Government measures.

COUN ROB HIGGINS, Labour, YHN Board member, Newcastle City Council.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2013
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