Warning of impact 'bedroom tax' will have on the region
Thousands of low-income families across the South West will be forced to pay more rent or move out of their homes when the bedroom tax comes in on 1 April.
Under the Government’s new bedroom tax 30,000 people in the South West will lose an average of £584 a year in Housing Benefit if they have one ‘spare’ bedroom in their council or housing association home and £1,043 a year if they have two or more.
According to the National Housing Federation about 18,900 of those affected are disabled.
The bedroom tax affects all working-age housing benefit claimants who are deemed to have one or more bedrooms in their council or housing association home.
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This includes separated parents who share the care of their children, families where young children have a small bedroom each, foster carers, and disabled people who have their home specially adapted for their needs.
Catherine Brabner, from the Federation said: “The Government’s bedroom tax is flawed and will unfairly penalise thousands of people in the South West who have lived in their homes for years, raised families and contributed to their communities.”
The National Housing Federation is calling on the Government to repeal the policy, and to exempt disabled and other vulnerable people from these cuts before it comes into effect on April 1.