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Bedroom tax costs more than it saves

Issue No. 2397

Time to lay the monster to rest

Time to lay the monster to rest (Pic: Josh Brown)


A year after it was introduced the stated aim of the Tories’ bedroom tax—to free up more homes by attacking the benefits of those they deemed to have a “spare” room—has failed.

New figures suggest that around 30,000 people have left their homes.

That’s 6 percent of those originally affected.

The actual effect has been to punish the poorest for having nowhere else to go. 

Other surveys suggest that two thirds of those hit by the tax are now behind on their rent, many of them at risk of eviction.

And some 281 survivors of domestic violence have been charged the bedroom tax on their “panic rooms”.

The government has also been forced to hand over millions more than planned for councils’ Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) to cope with the bedroom tax.

It has been far from enough to help all those affected. 

But between DHP and the cost of eviction proceedings,  the bedroom tax may already have cost councils and local governments more than it saves.

A national day of action called by the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation is set to take place on Saturday of this week. Details at antibedroomtax.org.uk

 


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