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.


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

  1. to raise awareness of the poverty  issue to organisations, landlords, charitable trusts, local councillors and MPs etc
  2. to discuss ways in which this suffering can be alleviated and help can be provided, particularly for young single people at risk of homelessness.

The Steering Group for the Housing Benefit Poverty Hearing. From left, Mark Smalley (Redland Friends), John Dawson (public speaking coach), Kyle Hannan (Ecomedia Collective), June Burroughs (event host), Nick Thomas (Rushlight PR), Hilary Saunders (chair) , Ben Sansum (Advice Network) and Mike Mills (CHAS Bristol).
Absent from this photograph was Sue Ingham of Bristol CAB.


3 Responses to About

  1. Marian Connolly says:

    I am interested in setting up an information and support group for people threatened with eviction due to the housing benefit cuts and to campaign to reverse the cuts, reduce rents and make more homes available in Bristol

  2. Dee Adey says:

    Hello Marian,

    I am guessing that you are the Marion I used to know at school because of your social concience and compassion that was always present at a young age. I am sorry to get in touch with you in such an unconvential way but I would love to make contact with you.

    Dee Adey

    (Deirdre Mathews)

  3. Marian Connolly says:

    I am in a state of shock.
    I have never forgotten you and always wondered how you were getting on
    Yes, lets communicate

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