Mother's shock at bedroom tax plan

The Northern Echo: Angela Lockwood Angela Lockwood

MOTHER-OF-THREE Alison McAuley can't believe the Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other.

A few years ago, when her marriage broke up and she looked as if she was going to lose her four-bedroomed home in Skelton, near Saltburn, her local housing association took advantage of a special Government-funded scheme to buy her home and rent it back to her.

"I was very grateful to them at the time, I lost about £50,000 of equity in the house but I saved my home," said Alison, 46.

Her two sporty, rugby-playing sons, Sean and David, both 15, are six-feet tall and both need their own bedrooms for all their kit. Her daughter, Taleesa, 24, has left home and is working and living in Middlesbrough.

Because of the new regulations - which rule that children under 16 of the same sex should share a bedroom - she has been told she has two spare bedrooms and will have her housing benefit cut accordingly.

Alison is now wondering how she can afford to the extra £150 a month she will lose.

"I started my own cleaning company, I cook and do catering but from day one I know that I will be in arrears. If I had the money to move out I would, but I haven't," she said.

"I am appalled, I don't have a degree and I don't know much about politics but this tax is absolutely wrong and it is not going to work," she said.

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5:49pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Withnail Lefty says...

It's time UK income tax was raised to fairer levels.Workers in this country have had it too easy for too long paying low tax rates. Weshould be like the Nordic countries who levy higher taxes and pay much greater benefits to claimants.
Poor ladies like this one and her sporty, rugby playing sons would not be treat in such a shabby, heartless manner.
It's time UK income tax was raised to fairer levels.Workers in this country have had it too easy for too long paying low tax rates. Weshould be like the Nordic countries who levy higher taxes and pay much greater benefits to claimants. Poor ladies like this one and her sporty, rugby playing sons would not be treat in such a shabby, heartless manner. Withnail Lefty
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6:48pm Tue 26 Feb 13

stevegg says...

Withnail Lefty wrote:
It's time UK income tax was raised to fairer levels.Workers in this country have had it too easy for too long paying low tax rates. Weshould be like the Nordic countries who levy higher taxes and pay much greater benefits to claimants.
Poor ladies like this one and her sporty, rugby playing sons would not be treat in such a shabby, heartless manner.
I can only assume that you dont pay income tax with a comment like that. I work and pay a large percentage of my income in tax and object to paying anymore to help benefit claimants who get over generous benefits. This housing benefit readjustment is about cutting this runaway benefit down which as it is unsustainable for taxpayers. As a mortgage payer, I have to pay if I want the privelage of a house with an extra bedroom with my own money. Why should those receiving housing benefit at taxpayers expense have the luxury of spare bedrooms at no cost to themselves? There are millions on housing waiting lists and hundreds of thousands in overcrowded houses; I'm pretty sure they and taxpayers dont think this so called bedroom tax (which isnt actually a tax on them as they havent earned that money, its a handout from taxpayers!) is unfair!
[quote][p][bold]Withnail Lefty[/bold] wrote: It's time UK income tax was raised to fairer levels.Workers in this country have had it too easy for too long paying low tax rates. Weshould be like the Nordic countries who levy higher taxes and pay much greater benefits to claimants. Poor ladies like this one and her sporty, rugby playing sons would not be treat in such a shabby, heartless manner.[/p][/quote]I can only assume that you dont pay income tax with a comment like that. I work and pay a large percentage of my income in tax and object to paying anymore to help benefit claimants who get over generous benefits. This housing benefit readjustment is about cutting this runaway benefit down which as it is unsustainable for taxpayers. As a mortgage payer, I have to pay if I want the privelage of a house with an extra bedroom with my own money. Why should those receiving housing benefit at taxpayers expense have the luxury of spare bedrooms at no cost to themselves? There are millions on housing waiting lists and hundreds of thousands in overcrowded houses; I'm pretty sure they and taxpayers dont think this so called bedroom tax (which isnt actually a tax on them as they havent earned that money, its a handout from taxpayers!) is unfair! stevegg
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7:20pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Withnail Lefty says...

Why should this poor lady have to pay tax because she needs the extra bedrooms to store rugby gear?
Why should other poor benefit claimants have to pay tax for extra bedrooms they might need when friends and relatives come to stay?
These people don't have the money to pay these taxes for bedrooms and they are not lucky like working people who have jobs and can afford luxurious lifestyles.
It's time for fairer income taxes to give a better lifestyle for poor benefit claimants.
Why should this poor lady have to pay tax because she needs the extra bedrooms to store rugby gear? Why should other poor benefit claimants have to pay tax for extra bedrooms they might need when friends and relatives come to stay? These people don't have the money to pay these taxes for bedrooms and they are not lucky like working people who have jobs and can afford luxurious lifestyles. It's time for fairer income taxes to give a better lifestyle for poor benefit claimants. Withnail Lefty
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8:47pm Tue 26 Feb 13

maclaren says...

Withnail Lefty wrote:
Why should this poor lady have to pay tax because she needs the extra bedrooms to store rugby gear?
Why should other poor benefit claimants have to pay tax for extra bedrooms they might need when friends and relatives come to stay?
These people don't have the money to pay these taxes for bedrooms and they are not lucky like working people who have jobs and can afford luxurious lifestyles.
It's time for fairer income taxes to give a better lifestyle for poor benefit claimants.
You naughty boy for trying to wind people up go to the naughty chair until you say sorry
[quote][p][bold]Withnail Lefty[/bold] wrote: Why should this poor lady have to pay tax because she needs the extra bedrooms to store rugby gear? Why should other poor benefit claimants have to pay tax for extra bedrooms they might need when friends and relatives come to stay? These people don't have the money to pay these taxes for bedrooms and they are not lucky like working people who have jobs and can afford luxurious lifestyles. It's time for fairer income taxes to give a better lifestyle for poor benefit claimants.[/p][/quote]You naughty boy for trying to wind people up go to the naughty chair until you say sorry maclaren
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2:02pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Kinninvie says...

Knock a couple of walls down between bedrooms(best get a professional to check they are not load bearing first) and the job is sorted.
Knock a couple of walls down between bedrooms(best get a professional to check they are not load bearing first) and the job is sorted. Kinninvie
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