LAND SEMINAR and subsequent actions. TAP campaigns with and for the poorest tenants

19 October 2017


We are all very grateful to Debbie Abrahams for supporting the Land Seminar yesterday, to all the speakers and to all who were able to come.

TAP campaigns with and for the poorest tenants. Our objective is to change benefit and housing policies to reverse and prevent the current record evictions, rising temporary accommodation and record rough sleeping. That includes lobbying Parliament for the repeal of oppressive benefit legislation and lobbying the Mayor of London who has expressed an interest in Land Value Tax, and Parliament for the necessary legislation to enable the implementation of LVT by the Mayors if that what their constituents want.   

There are six other Mayoral constituences.. Our aim is to set up a TAP group in each of them. 

Tim Bowles (Conservative), Mayor of the West of England
Andy Burnham (Labour), Mayor of Greater Manchester
Ben Houchen (Conservative), Mayor of the Tees Valley
James Palmer (Conservative), Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Steve Rotheram (Labour), Mayor of Liverpool City Region
Andy Street (Conservative), Mayor of the West Midlands

We are starting in London and Manchester with these meetings building a programme to support the poorest tenants. .

LONDON - Tuesday 24th October - 6pm - 8pm Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesnury Avenue,  London WC2H 8EP -  REGISTER

MANCHESTER  - Saturday 18th November  -  11am to 1pm - Green Fish Resource Centre 46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE - REGISTER

Yesterday Debbie Abrahams had to leave us to lead the debate in the House of Commons against the Universal Credit, I got home last night to learn about a common mistake about UC published by City A.M. I have sent City A.M the following letter. The delays are deliberate and built in to the DWP computer programme.

The Editor,

City A.M.

For publication please. 

We share the concern of the chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance that the Universal Credit is causing "reports of people facing stressful situations in which they are awaiting payments and as a result are having to access emergency loans". However the problem does not "have root in the IT systems, which is yet another example of a badly managed government project"; it is built in deliberately. I have recently helped a single 50 year old single adult, in debt due to a three month benefit sanction, who then worked on a zero hours contract. He was paid £0,01 to last a month in which the employer did not use his services. I was told by the DWP that was an example of the UC "working". 

Rec Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty



No citizen without an affordable home and an

adequate income in work or unemployment.