Haringey Uncut Bankers Bail-In #2Tagged as: cuts housing
Neighbourhoods: haringey wood_green
Published by group: Haringey Solidarity Group
Over a dozen of us bailed in to Wood Green NatWest today, protesting at cuts to public services, and in particular the cuts to housing benefit and social housing which will lead to more people being homeless.
The majority of us were from Haringey Solidarity Group, but there were some individuals who had heard about the action purely through the UK Uncut website. We held up banners and placards, inside and out, saying: "We won't pay for your crisis", "No cuts to welfare services" and more. And we must have handed out about 600 of the tiny Uncuts leaflets to passersby and bank customers.
We distributed information on the upcoming housing benefit cuts and on how to access your housing rights. There was quite a bit of chatting to customers about why we were there, the cuts that had just been passed by our local council, the cuts that were coming up nationwide and the size of bankers' bonuses. The long, bored queue for the counter seemed to find it at least an interesting diversion, with some asking to be contacted about future actions.
It was quite a low-key affair (a lot of us were tired, after the dramatic events at the council's budget-setting meeting a couple of nights before). So, after about an hour and a half, when we had run out of leaflets, we packed up and left.
But we'll be back again soon.
Contact email: housingaction [AT] haringey.org.uk