How the Tories’ New Bedroom Tax Might Affect You!

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.

How the Bedroom Tax Works

Photo by Andrew Fisher

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

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6 Responses to How the Tories’ New Bedroom Tax Might Affect You!

  1. JED says:

    IS THIS TAX LAWFUL AS IT WOULD ONLY EFFECT THE POOR, NOT THE QUEEN OR ANYBODY WITHIN THE TORY GOVERMENT, OR ANY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, OR ANY RICH PERSON WHO LIVES IN MULTI ROOM HOMES. IF NOT WE ARE ONLY BEING FINED AS WE ARE POOR. IF WE HAVE TO MOVE WHO WILL COMPENSATE US OR PAY FOR THE WORK WE HAVE MADE TO OUR HOMES? IF THE GOVERMENT FORCES US TO MOVE I WOULD LIKE PEOPLE LIKE MINDED NOT TO VOTE FOR TORIES NOT EVEN LABOUR. MAYBE UKIP IS THE ANSWER I HAVE CHECKED WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY BUT THEY GET RUBBISHED BY THE TORIES AND LABOUR FOR WE WILL GET MORE OF THE SAME. I AM GOING TO LODGE AN APPEAL WITH BRUSSELS TO SEE IF THIS IS FAIR OR LAWFUL, AS LIKE I SAY, THEY ARE GOING TO PICK ON ONLY THE POOR.

  2. Mick Shaw says:

    The way to fight this cruel unfair tax is to lobby your local Councillor and I have done this. Do you know that if someone on benefits is evicted then it is Law for the council to re home them ? I aim to ask the council that anyone evicted under this tax be re homed back into the home they were evicted from.

    The council can also knock 3 bedroomed homes into two bedroomed homes to get round the same sex kids sharing till they are sixteen, at least then they will have one large bedroom with space rather than be crammed into one small room.

    Disabled people need to turn the homes they live in into a needs based home. I know this is difficult through social services because of cut backs but a lot of mobility equipment can be bought through charities, and you can get social services to sanction their use in the home then apply to the fund set up by the Government to pay the tax.

    I hope Jed someone does goes to Europe over this cruel tax but you can bank on this it wont be New Labour that take it on .

  3. Mick Shaw says:

    By the way Jed UKIP is not the answer they are more right wing than the Tory 1922 Committee. What we need Jed is a fightback from the people who are being hurt by these cruel cuts. The hardest and most frustrating part of being a socialist is educating our own class politically, I’m afraid they believe what they read in the Tory led media. I am sick of our own class blaming immigrants for this country’s woes when the fact of the matter is the rich bankers almost bankrupted this country and half the world, and it us the poor and working poor who are now being made to pay for it.

    The cuts are now being felt and hopefully it’s just a matter of time before we see civil unrest once again on the streets, it is the only thing that will stop this coalition. The feeble Lib Dems are propping the Tories up for the sake of high office. If they had a grain of sentiment they would have pulled out last year but the office and Limo seems to much to give up. Labours response? Well the silence is deafening and you may well ask who is Liam Byrne the Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary. I have heard mice shout louder over the Bedroom tax than Byrne.

    The way to stop these kickers of the poor is through protest on the streets Jed, spread the word.

  4. Hugh Stanley says:

    I think it’s bad and everybody should get together about this. Something needs to be done.

    • Hugh Stanley says:

      Yes we all should get together and stand at our councils offices. Is David Cameron going to pay for his rooms and the rest of them. I hope so they have more than one house but I forgot these people don’t pay for anything.

  5. Concorde says:

    It can only happen in this country if it was France there would be riots now.

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