David Cameron´s controversial welfare bill, dubbed “bedroom tax” just got more controversial. A survey conducted by labour shows that 96 per cent of families hit by bedroom tax cannot move into a smaller property as there are none available. The tax has been labelled as “spiteful,” “cruel” and “incompetent.”
The figure published in the Labour survey reveal that 19 out of 20 families are trapped in their current homes and are being penalised by bedroom tax. If a household has one spare bedroom they lose 14 per cent of the benefit and 25 per cent of their benefit if they have two bedrooms spare.
Bedroom tax is an attack on Britain´s poor
Bedroom tax affects tenants in social housing. Government ministers argue the new housing benefit rules will cut the annual housing benefit by £500m a year encourage people to downsize and free up living space for overcrowded families. However, the latest data shows there is not enough properties for families to downsize and the additional expenses imposed by the tax will only create higher levels of debt and homelessness.
The figures show from the 38 councils that provided information, 99,079 families are affected by bedroom tax, but only 3,803 one or two bedroom houses are available. The conclusion on the survey is that the tax is trapping thousands of poor families that will be forced to turn to food banks and loan sharks.
Bedroom tax will cost tax payers more than it saves
Lib Dem backbencher Andrew George says the bill will split communities by forcing people out of rural villages and disrupting school and support networks. There is a real danger that the welfare bill will result in higher costs for Britain´s tax payers than the government will recoup in housing benefit.
Steve Turner, executive director for policy at Unite, believes the Tories are misleading the public. They have tried to spin bedroom tax as a way of managing housing stock, but in actual fact it is taking money from the poorest families and destroying lives. O highlight this fact, Kevin Appleton, income manager at One Vision Housing in Merseyside said “we’ve got 8,360 people on the waiting list. Of these, 4,859 want one-bedroom homes and on this week’s adverts we had just six available. It’s making life very hard for people whose lives were hard anyway.”
Louise Harding, head of tenant services at the Coast and Country Housing association in Redcar highlighted the real situation even further. “We’ve got 1,100 people wanting to downsize to a one-bedroom property and on average we only have around 30 available every year. At this rate it will take 37 years for all those people to get one-bedroom homes. The iniquity of it is shocking; this about money-making.”
Government bedroom tax is cruel
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