One young family will be spending Christmas crammed in a one bedroom flat—after a death brought the bedroom tax onto them.
Dean McLean, 21, lived in his parents’ home in Lambhill, Glasgow, until his father died last year and he was threatened with more bedroom tax than he could ever pay.
“It was constant harassment,” Dean told Socialist Worker. “I tried to stand my ground, but it was intimidating.”
Dean has now found work and could pay the bedroom tax, but it is too late to move back.
“I feel really bitter against the government and the Glasgow Housing Association,” he said.
Dean lives with his fiancée, who recently gave birth. But their baby doesn’t yet count towards the bedroom tax’s overcrowding criteria.
“The politicians who came up with this sit in their big houses fiddling their expenses—and tell us where we are allowed to live. It’s about time we got things changed.”