How the New Tax Might Affect YOU!
There will be a cut in Housing Benefit (for tenants of social landlords) of 14% of rent for those with one extra bedroom and 25% of rent for those with 2 or more spare bedrooms
This will apply equally to those in and out of work.
Doesn’t apply to pensioners.
No provision for those who have child only on weekends (must register as main parent)
No Provision for houses where bedroom is only a single, so is arguably making overcrowding mandatory.
Average cut for a social housing tenant will be £16 per week.
Children under 10 expected to share a room.
Children under 16 expected to share room if the same sex.
Severely disabled tenants allowed one extra room for overnight carer.
Disabled people have been allocated £25 million of discretionary payments to help them remain in adapted homes.
Bedroom tax is already in place for those in privately rented accommodation but will apply to social housing tenants from April 2013.
It is possible that people with one extra bedroom, who can’t be allocated smaller accommodation, will not face penalties, though this remains to be seen.
DWP impact assessment indicates that there is not enough housing of an adequate size for people to be moved into appropriate properties.
DWP assessment indicates that 31% (660,000) of social housing tenants will have their Housing Benefit cut as a result of this change.
North West 43% of people affected as compared to 26% in the South East.
52% of those affected said that it would make their financial situation incredibly difficult.
72% of households affected have someone living there who is disabled (Affinity Sutton Housing Trust), DWP stats say 66%.
More tenants are going to end up in arrears of rent as they are unable to make payments, this will result in many people being made homeless and moved out of social housing.
Will affect as many as 12,000 households in the Wigan & Leigh areas.
Here’s the Mirror article on the Hooper family in Hull: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/familys-outrage-at-bedroom-tax-on-severely-1558256