WHO WE ARE.
Bristol Poverty Action (BPA) is a small group of campaigners who are extremely concerned about the effects the cuts to Housing Benefit will have on those households trying to survive on low incomes. It has been set up for the sole purpose of organising and running a Housing Benefit Poverty Hearing in Bristol.
BPA is not a charity but steering committee members belong to the following charities and social organisations: Redland Friends Meeting, Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau, the Advice Network, CHAS (Bristol), and the Ecomedia Collective cic.
WHY WE’RE CONCERNED.
Contrary to popular belief these cuts are not about people in large expensive houses refusing to move. These cuts are affecting millions of households and families, including pensioners and people in low-paid-work, many of whom will face debt, hardship and homelessness because of these changes.
The aims of the Hearing were
- to raise awareness of the poverty issue to organisations, landlords, charitable trusts, local councillors and MPs etc
- to discuss ways in which this suffering can be alleviated and help can be provided, particularly for young single people at risk of homelessness.