Friday, 5 April 2013


Local Market Trader, and long time political campaigner Eamonn "Fitzy" Fitzpatrick has become the latest Independent politician to join the ranks of the Green Party and will campaign for them in the forthcoming County Council Elections in the newly formed  Dallington - Spencer Ward.

Fitzy has fought in many local election campaigns as an Independent candidate and stood in a parliamentary by-election against Tory David Davies in 2008 when he correctly predicted the Green Party's second place showing.

Having worked Northampton's Market for over 50 years it is the Green Party's commitment to localism and their drive to "THINK GLOBAL  but "ACT LOCAL" that has attracted him to join up.

He said " We need to encourage more people to shop and trade locally, treat them better as customers and trade on trust rather than greed, of course that means shopping more on the local market and cutting down on the air miles our food travels but it also  includes things like supporting community banks, credit unions, and local exchange schemes.

"I have done my homework and they are about a lot more than simply protecting the Environment, they're top on that, but they also have great policies on fairness and protecting local public services, and offering a real alternative to the CUTS programme.

The Green Party supports local markets and wants the power of supermarkets restricted to help support a more sustainable local growing and selling policy, stopping farmers and producers being put out of business by greedy supermarket chains.

They also want to campaign to change the rules to ensure that Local Schools and local Hospitals can buy more Local Food

Fitzy's move comes just a month after former Northampton South MP Tony Clarke also joined forces with the Greens to defend his Castle Ward seat on the County Council.

Fitzy said, "Tony got it right, the Green Party is the only party that respects our Independence and also wants to speak up for the average man and women in the street, We don't need people in London telling us what to think and say, we have got enough to say for ourselves thank you very much.

Fitzy will be campaigning from his Market Stall throughout April, and proudly displaying his Green Credentials alongside his Green Produce.

Meanwhile the membership of the Local Green Party has seen an upwards spike in recent weeks making them well placed to make a mark at the forthcoming election

Thursday, 4 April 2013


Last Saturdays Bedroom Tax  protest outside Northampton Town Hall was very welcome as a way of beginning to coordinate a joint campaign to force this wicked government to scrap its latest attack on Social Tenants (waged or unwaged) who will now see their Housing Benefit cut by 14% or 25% for simply being deemed as under occupying their homes.

There will of course  be many ways and means identified in coming weeks as to how to challenge this discriminatory CUT to what is in the vast majority of cases earned benefit, but I couldn't help but think that too many people went away from the protest or where not there but sitting at home still in real fear of building up spiralling arrears that they could not pay and also living under the shadow of possible eviction from their home.

So for their sakes we all need to act NOW not just by protesting but by buying time, and to clog up the system and to begin the fightback.

People who know me appreciate that I am a dedicated advocate of direct action when the circumstances warrant it and this is such a circumstance. I will have no qualms in joining others to prevent evictions forced on tenants through arrears built up by bedroom tax where needed, but we also need to fight over zealous bureaucracy with our own version of political red tape.

To be clear:

The Conservatives on Northampton Borough Council have made it very clear that they will implement this iniquitous tax on behalf of the Government.

The Labour Party on Northampton Borough Council have to date failed to use the Council chamber to force a motion condemning the tax and on non eviction for Council House tenants affected.

The Liberal Party on Northampton Borough Council whilst guilty by association with their Tory masters at Westminster for its introduction are now simply sitting on the fence waiting to see which way the wind blows and trying to work out if any action by them will win votes.

But like my Green Party colleagues in Brighton who became the first Council to declare a policy of non eviction for bedroom tax arrears, I believe it is NOW time for direct action.

I would therefore ask all of you who care enough about keeping people in their homes and have fight in your belly to take on this Council and the Government by forwarding the content of this blog on to those affected and those who can help them. Cut and paste or copy the following model letter to every tenant of Northampton Borough Council and or any Housing Associations who they know to be affected by the bedroom tax for them all  to fill out and then send into the council without delay.




Dear Sir/Madam,

I received your decision letter dated (INSERT DATE) and reference (INSERT REFERENCE NUMBER) that imposed an under occupation charge or bedroom tax of 14% 24% (DELETE AS APPROPRIATE) on my existing award of Housing Benefit

I am considering challenging this with a view to considering a formal appeal. However to enable me to understand fully the Councils position I require further information as listed below to be sent to me within 7 days of this letter to ensure that I have enough time to formulate any appeal, and that I am in full knowledge of the facts of my case within the time allowed.

Or in the alternative I request that the deadline for any such formal appeal be moved to 21 days after I receive the requested information below:

1.     A written copy of the Council's policy and decision making procedures in relation to referring a socially housed claimant decision to the Rent Officer Service.

2.     A full explanation of how the council decided that (INSERT ADDRESS) was determined to be a (INSERT BEDROOM NUMBERS) bed property for the under occupation charge and this to include what involvement if any of my landlord (INSERT LANDLORD NAME) in the process.

3.    A copy of the decision calculation undertaken by the Council as to my individual circumstances and the basis on which this was calculated  (please include a written evidenced declaration of what you believe my personal circumstances to be in order for you to determine that my property is under occupied)

Please state by way of covering letter with the requested information any changed deadline from above with regard to any formal appeal.

Yours Sincerely






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