Socialist Worker

Landlords grab £1.5 billion

Issue No. 2368

The government always claimed the bedroom tax was merely a cut to a bloated “spare room subsidy” in housing benefits.

But new figures show it has already begun to push the cost of housing benefits up. 

This is by forcing people to move from council or housing association homes into the clutches of private landlords charging extortionate rent.

The amount of housing benefit paid to private landlords is set to go up £1.5 billion in the next year, thanks to rising rents and the bedroom tax.

This is piling on the pressure to drop the bedroom tax, which is as impractical as it is cruel. 

The Liberal Democrats face a motion to scrap the bedroom tax at their conference in Glasgow next month—and Nick Clegg has admitted he fears it may pass.

Protesters from the Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation will be lobbying delegates on their way in.

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