Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Soaring Cost of Emergency Payments to People Hit By Bedroom Tax

Greater Manchester’s councils spent nearly £5m helping people hit by the government’s controversial bedroom tax last year. The region’s town halls spent £4.8m in discretionary housing payments to help people on housing benefits who could no longer afford their rent because of the removal of the spare room subsidy. People living in social housing are penalised for having spare bedrooms, say opponents, with some residents effectively priced out of their own homes. The latest DWP figures show there has been a near 16pc increase in Greater Manchester in discretionary housing payments made because of the bedroom tax. Read more on the Manchester Evening News website.

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