Bedroom tax a total catastrophe

Half the families hit by bedroom tax ‘now in debt’

Thousands can’t pay rent three months into scheme, as housing chief says: we can’t magic up smaller homes
More than half of families hit by the bedroom tax have been pushed into debt during the first three months of the policy, leading to calls from the country’s biggest housing groups for a retreat from the scheme.
The National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, said a survey of 51 of its biggest members found more than half of their residents affected by the bedroom tax – 32,432 people – could not pay their rent between April and June. The survey shows a quarter of those affected by the tax had fallen behind with their rent for the first time ever.
David Orr, the NHF’s chairman, will say these figures could mean “over 330,000 households [were] already struggling to pay their rent and facing a frightening and uncertain future” when he addresses the federation’s national conference on Thursday.
The intervention comes on the heels of a furious row between the government and the UN’s special rapporteur on housing, Raquel Rolnik, after she recommended scrapping the policy because of the “shocking” effects on vulnerable citizensIain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, accused Rolnik of undermining the impartiality of the UN. A Tory MP described Rolnik as a “loopy Brazilian leftie”.
The government policy has been dubbed the bedroom tax because housing benefit is docked by 14% if welfare claimants in social housing have a spare bedroom.
Orr repeats the criticism made by Rolnik and goes further by arguing that ministers have miscalculated the number of homes available for tenants to downsize into. Although 180,000 households were “under-occupying” two bedroom homes, he says only 85,000 one-bed homes became available in 2012.
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3 Responses to “Bedroom tax a total catastrophe”

  1. Anonymous says:

    ‘Bedroom Tax’ is another scam just like ‘Council Tax’ and ‘Parking Tickets’. The government will screw you unless you know your God-given rights. Until then, they will continue to take the urine:

  2. Anonymous says:

    well i can undersand them robbing us of our wealth, but bringing in all the foreigners i am at a loss with because we dont need them, christ there is not enough jobs for us , and as for pushing homosexuality in our faces 24/7 whats that about ??
    beyond me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    ALL tax payments are voluntary! We have to consent to pay taxes as they are illegal under common law of 1689 which is STILL the law of the land despite what the europhiles will tell you.


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