Region 'worst hit' by bedroom tax, research suggests

The Northern Echo: 'BAD POLICY': Critics say the bedroom tax is putting pressure on thousands of the UK's poorest people 'BAD POLICY': Critics say the bedroom tax is putting pressure on thousands of the UK's poorest people

RESEARCH suggests the North-East and Yorkshire are the areas most significantly affected by the so-called bedroom tax.

A survey for the National Housing Federation found that two thirds of housing association tenants are in rent arrears following the cut in housing benefits for properties considered to have a spare bedroom.

In the North East, housing associations have an average of 645 tenants each affected by the bedroom tax, the highest number in England.

Housing associations in Yorkshire and the Humber have an average of 517 tenants affected, the second highest in England.

Almost 39,000 North-East households saw a cut in their housing benefit in August last year, while two-thirds of people affected by the bedroom tax are disabled.

Monica Burns, North-East external affairs manager for the National Housing Federation, said: “You can argue over what to call the policy, but there is no disputing the impact that the bedroom tax is having in the North-East and right across the country.

“It is heaping misery and hardship on already struggling families, pushing them into arrears.

“Now many are at risk of being evicted because they simply can’t find the extra money to pay their rent.

“These people have done nothing wrong. The Government has suddenly changed the rules and given them a false choice: move to a smaller home or pay. Yet we know there aren’t enough smaller homes for these families to move into.

“Housing associations are doing all they can to avoid evicting residents, but as not-for-profit organisations they can’t simply write-off unpaid rent.

“The bedroom tax is unfair, unworkable and bad policy.

“It’s putting severe pressure on thousands of the nation’s poorest people and must be repealed.”

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12:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

The Local Authorities don't like the spare room subsidy. Anyone surprised?
The Local Authorities don't like the spare room subsidy. Anyone surprised? David Lacey

4:00pm Wed 12 Feb 14

punkrocker says...

just been announced that barclies bank paying increased bonuses whilst the poorest suffer. all in this together I see. at least some of the horrid folk who bash the poor should be happy at the misery inflicted.
just been announced that barclies bank paying increased bonuses whilst the poorest suffer. all in this together I see. at least some of the horrid folk who bash the poor should be happy at the misery inflicted. punkrocker

9:38pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Mike2012 says...

Poor? STOP BREEDING! Live in a house that's the right size for your family, like people with MORTGAGES do! It's not rocket science..... at least for most people??
Poor? STOP BREEDING! Live in a house that's the right size for your family, like people with MORTGAGES do! It's not rocket science..... at least for most people?? Mike2012

2:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

westerby1 says...

Mike2012 wrote:
Poor? STOP BREEDING! Live in a house that's the right size for your family, like people with MORTGAGES do! It's not rocket science..... at least for most people??
What a silly, uninformed, knee-jerk comment! It is mainly people with no children who are affected by this policy - the clue is in its name: The UNDERoccupancy charge. There are not enough 1 bedroom properties, therefore many of these people were placed (they did not ask) in 2 bed properties by the local authority or housing association. Now, because the rules have changed, and retrospectively, they are either having to pay the charge, or move to a non existant 1 bed home! In short, there is nowhere for them to go, so they have to pay up.

They will also find it hard to rent in the private sector as many landlords state "no DSS" also, if they did manage to get a private rented property, the rent would be higher, and would add to the housing benefit bill.


"It's not rocket science".... no it's not, and you have just proved you have absolutely no idea what it is!
[quote][p][bold]Mike2012[/bold] wrote: Poor? STOP BREEDING! Live in a house that's the right size for your family, like people with MORTGAGES do! It's not rocket science..... at least for most people??[/p][/quote]What a silly, uninformed, knee-jerk comment! It is mainly people with no children who are affected by this policy - the clue is in its name: The UNDERoccupancy charge. There are not enough 1 bedroom properties, therefore many of these people were placed (they did not ask) in 2 bed properties by the local authority or housing association. Now, because the rules have changed, and retrospectively, they are either having to pay the charge, or move to a non existant 1 bed home! In short, there is nowhere for them to go, so they have to pay up. They will also find it hard to rent in the private sector as many landlords state "no DSS" also, if they did manage to get a private rented property, the rent would be higher, and would add to the housing benefit bill. "It's not rocket science".... no it's not, and you have just proved you have absolutely no idea what it is! westerby1

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