Camden Greens last night called for a debate tonight at Full Council on a motion urging action by the Council to protest against the bedroom tax by making a clear statement that it won’t evict for this reason.
Cllr Maya de Souza went into the meeting still seeking a seconder for a motion that also called for further resistance to the government’s attack on the poor. Full details here.
This demand was supported by Camden United for Benefit Justice, with members presenting a passionate delegation to the meeting.
At the last minute, Cllr Rahel Bokth, a Lib Dem, agreed to second it.
But the Council did not get beyond first motion, so there was no a chance to debate it.
The Mayor, Jonathan Simpson, and Cabinet Member for Finance, Theo Blackwell, intimated that they would agree to debate and proper discussion of options through a scrutiny committee.
Greens will continue to push for a special Full Council meeting on welfare reform, but acknowledge that an evidence-gathering session and debate through scrutiny would be a step forward.