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'Bedroom tax' to affect 3,000

Sunday 21st October 2012

Less than 20 per cent of Berneslai Homes tenants who will be affected by the government's 'bedroom tax' are expected to move to smaller properties.

 

From April next year changes to the benefits system will affect working age tenants receiving housing benefit, and will see their payments cut if they are deemed to have more bedrooms than needed.

 

The new guidelines are part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and a new set of rules has been brought in to assess how many bedrooms each household needs.

 

It would mean a couple in a two bedroom property would be classed as 'under-occupying' and would have their weekly housing benefit cut by about £13.

 

A couple in a three bedroom property, with two young children, would also be under-occupying and would have their weekly housing benefit cut by about £20.

 

At a council meeting investigating the welfare and benefit changes, Mark McGee, from Berneslai Homes, said it has about 3,000 people living in under-occupied properties.

 

He said Berneslai Homes had contacted tenants affected by the 'bedroom tax' and anticipates only 500 would be willing to move, with the rest accepting a reduction in benefit to stay put.

 

Full story in this week's Chronicle.

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Posted by stutheenquirer I Sun 28th Oct 2012 at 12:11am

If you get chance,read the act fully folks....it's a ticking timebomb and is going to cause untold misery to many thousands of people.There's some really disgusting stuff tucked away in this wicked anti-social act.All affecting the poorest and deserving among our communities.Toffs charter from a bunch of to**ers.

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