Two-thirds of those hit by bedroom tax are behind with rent

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Two-thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears.

The shock findings of the National Housing Federation (NHF), which represents the UK's housing associations, show that more than a third had fallen into debt because of the charge.

It used polling firm Ipsos-Mori to survey 183 associations, and the firm found that thousands could simply not cope with the change.

The bedroom tax takes an average of £14 per week from the benefits of those with a bedroom they don't use, and £25 from those with two.

Bedroom tax leaves a third of tenants in arrears

Thu, 19/09/2013 - 12:44 -- nick

The bedroom tax has already left a third of social housing tenants in debt, according to an investigation by the TUC.

The union body submitted freedom of information requests to all of the UK's local authorities, and 114 responded.

They showed that 50,000 tenants have fallen into rent arrears despite the policy only having been introduced in April.

This represents a third of all residents of affected council and housing association homes, but in some areas the figure is more than half.


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