bedroom tax

Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Two-thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears.

The shock findings of the National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents the UK's housing associations, show that more than a third had fallen into debt because of the charge.

It used polling firm Ipsos-Mori to survey 183 associations, and the firm found that thousands could simply not cope with the change.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 per week from the benefits of those with a bedroom they don't use, and £25 from those with two.

MPs call for bedroom tax to be scrapped

Tue, 17/12/2013 - 12:59 -- nick

A committee of MPs has called for the government's hated bedroom tax to be scrapped.

The Scottish Affairs Committee, which deals in Westminster with issues north of the border, includes MPs of all parties, although Tory and Liberal Democrat members did not support the report.

Its chairman, Labour MP Ian Davidson, called the tax a "cruel burden" on the poor.

He said:

Rent arrears rising - but BBC forgets why

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 12:36 -- nick

Phone calls on rent arrears are the most common received by the government's Money Advice (MA) service, and 37% more people have contacted them for this reason over the last year.

But the BBC's reporting of this makes no mention of the likely main cause - the government's hated bedroom tax.

Bedroom tax leaves a third of tenants in arrears

Thu, 19/09/2013 - 12:44 -- nick

The bedroom tax has already left a third of social housing tenants in debt, according to an investigation by the TUC.

The union body submitted freedom of information requests to all of the UK's local authorities, and 114 responded.

They showed that 50,000 tenants have fallen into rent arrears despite the policy only having been introduced in April.

This represents a third of all residents of affected council and housing association homes, but in some areas the figure is more than half.

Bedroom tax violates human rights and should be scrapped, says UN

Wed, 11/09/2013 - 14:35 -- nick

The bedroom tax is "shocking" and should be scrapped according to a high profile United Nations investigator.

Raquel Rolnik, the UN special raporteur on housing, has been in the UK interviewing politicians, officials and residents of social housing on the controversial charge, which removes benefits from families deemed to be under-occupying their homes.

The representative believes the charge may be violating the human right to decent housing, as set out in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which the UK has signed and ratified.

Bedroom tax challenge fails in court

Tue, 30/07/2013 - 13:00 -- nick

A court challenge to the government's bedroom tax has failed today.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 from the housing benefit of people with a spare bedroom with the aim of getting people to move to properties of the right size, but it has been criticised for not taking into account the lack of smaller flats available in most areas and for not understanding the care needs of disabled people.

Those who have carers who stay overnight still lose money if the arrangement is not full-time.

Bedroom tax pushes thousands into debt, with more to suffer

Fri, 05/07/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

The bedroom tax has pushed thousands of Merseyside residents into debt, despite only operating for 100 days, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said.

NHF surveyed landlords that own 91% of all social housing on Merseyside, one of the poorest areas of the UK, and they said that 14,000 of their tenants are already in rent arrears following this change.

The new tax cuts an average of £14 per week from the housing benefit payments of those who have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home.

Bedroom tax effect 'worse than feared'

Mon, 01/07/2013 - 14:58 -- nick

The impact of the bedroom tax has been worse than feared, according to the National Housing Federation.

The tax was introduced by the government in the belief that some housing benefit claimants have more space than they need in their homes, at a time when larger families were experiencing overcrowding.

Those people in social housing who have a spare bedroom have had their housing benefit cut by an average of £14 per week.

It had been expected that some tenants would move on to smaller properties as a response to the cut.

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