Protestors demonstrate against “bedroom tax” outside Queen’s Sandringham estate

Jo Rust protesting at Sandringham against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt

Jo Rust protesting at Sandringham against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Pyjama-dressed demonstrators camped outside the Queen's Sandringham estate to protest against the 'bedroom tax'.

Emilia Symington at Sandringham protesting against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt

Emilia Symington at Sandringham protesting against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Despite the comical choice of dress for the event, organiser Jo Rust said it was 'no laughing matter' when families and individuals could be placed under 'huge stress and worry' by the Government's plan to reduce benefits for those living in homes with unoccupied rooms.

John Preston protesting at Sandringham against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt

John Preston protesting at Sandringham against the bedroom tax. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The Coalition says the tax, or the Spare Room Subsidy as it is formally known, will help to reduce the welfare bill and curb under-occupancy of homes when there is a long list of people awaiting social housing.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham had described the action as a 'silly stunt' but Mrs Rust, secretary of the King's Lynn and District Trades Council, said: 'Those who attended all expressed the same feeling: what else were they able to do, within the realms of the law, to show they vehemently opposed this policy?'

Read more about the protest in tomorrow's EDP.


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