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Harlow Council Tax rebels back Gary Roberts (or spoil your ballot paper)

Politics / Fri 9th May 2014 at 05:29am

LOCAL campaign group Harlow Council Tax Benefit Rebels has advised those opposed to benefit cuts to vote for Independent candidate Gary Roberts in the forthcoming Harlow Council elections, and to vote for the late Bob Crow’s “No2EU – Yes to workers’ rights” list in the European elections on the same day.

“A jobless person on benefit voting for UKIP, Harlow Independent Party, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, or Labour would be like a turkey voting for Christmas,” stated “Wat Tyler”, spokesperson for the group. “All of these parties support benefit cuts, support austerity, support squeezing the working class (whether employed or not)” he added.

“In April last year Labour-ruled Harlow Council cut Council Tax Support for those without work by 24 per cent, a cut with which both the Conservative opposition and ex-Conservative Councillor Joshua Jolles, founder of the Harlow Independent Party, agreed. Both UKIP and the Liberal Democrats support the vicious attacks on jobless working class people launched by the Cameron-Clegg government. Gary Roberts is the only candidate for Harlow Council who opposes benefit cuts,” said Mr Tyler.

“If you live in Harlow Common ward, then we urge you to vote for Gary Roberts. However, if you do not live in Harlow Common ward, we urge you to spoil your ballot paper for the elections to Harlow Council. We suggest that you write “Restore 100% Council Tax Benefit for the Jobless” on the ballot paper. As regards the European elections: there is only one group standing in this region that opposes all benefit cuts. It goes by the name “No2EU – Yes to workers’ rights”. The late leader of the RMT union, Bob Crow, was one of the main driving forces behind No2EU – Yes to workers’ rights. We suggest that everyone opposed to benefit cuts votes for it.”

Harlow Council Tax Benefit Rebels was formed by jobless tenants and owner-occupiers to campaign against the 24 per cent cut in Council Tax relief for jobless householders introduced by Harlow Council last year. It demands the restoration of 100 per cent Council Tax relief for those householders dependent upon out-work benefits, including restoration of the £16,000 savings limit.

Elections to Harlow Council and the European Parliament take place on Thursday May 22. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

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