Bedroom tax causing havoc to many lives by none other than IDS!

Reposted from Leicester Mercury

I think the last paragraph in this article says it all…

The hated bedroom tax is making its mark on the people of Leicester. Council and housing association tenants are having to choose between “heating and eating.” A large number are experiencing poverty, anxiety, debt and health problems. Food banks are becoming essential.

As yet, no-one has lost their home because of the tax but as rent arrears increase because tenants cannot pay the £14 to £25 per week from their benefit of £70 to £100, the council and housing associations will have to start evicting.

Locally, there are more than 3,000 households affected by the tax. How many will be evicted? How will the council cope with the extra demand for housing? How much will it cost to house those in temporary accommodation?

So why will all these people be evicted? Is it because of anti-social behaviour or because they won’t pay their rent? Or because they chose to rent houses that were too big for their needs or refuse to move to a smaller place?

No – 72 per cent of affected households include a person with a disability or a major health problem. Many of these have had expensive adaptations to their homes to cater for their disabilities. Most have never been in rent arrears (until the bedroom tax came in). Most are trying to pay the tax but find it impossible on their limited income. All will have been placed in their current accommodation by the council/housing associations in line with the allocations policy, not the tenant’s wishes.

It is not the tenant’s fault if years down the line, their children leave home or a parent dies thus creating a “spare room”. For many, the so-called “spare room” is their child’s room, used on weekends and holidays or even 50 per cent of the time when the child is not living with their other parent in another house. The “spare room” is a box room, used to keep equipment needed for the tenant’s disability, for example, kidney dialysis equipment. The “spare room” is used by the tenant’s partner because they cannot sleep in the same room due to health problems.

Most have not been able to move in the first year of the tax, and this is not for want of trying – there simply isn’t a lot of smaller accommodation available.

The Scottish government has effectively scrapped the bedroom tax, with their Welfare Reform Committee stating that it is “iniquitous and inhumane.” Welsh ministers have called for disabled tenants who have had adaptations to their home to be exempted. The Work and Pensions Committee has called for this exemption as well as exempting households where the high rate of a disability benefit is paid. Also to exempt households where there is no “suitable, reasonable alternative” home.

Every one either wants rid of the tax or exemptions to be made – except Ian Duncan Smith, its architect, who remains deaf to all suggestions and blind to the havoc he is causing.

Juan Ramirez is Welfare Benefits Supervising Caseworker, at the Community Advice and Law Service.


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10 Responses to Bedroom tax causing havoc to many lives by none other than IDS!

  1. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.


  2. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    This hated bedroom tax has cost more than it has saved – a LOT more…


  3. Everyone has been affected by the economic collapse, caused by the banks, and the misappropriation of the economic downturn to target everyone but the rich (especially bankers).
    The positioning of the three main Westminster parties implicitly absolves the banks from responsibility from the current economic problems – only the moronic or dishonest say Labour are to blame for the Global financial crisis, and the same for those who say the Coalition is to blame for the current economic performance, or who say the performance is good.

    The first step to restoring, and indeed improving, equality and fundamental social security is to make the banks repair the economy; remember Project Merlyn? Remember it working?
    To actually “force” the banks to repair the economy, and thus free monies to help those from whom it has been unfairly removed, is to link banker and bank taxes to unemployment level and cost.

    I urge all organisations who are interested in fairness and equality to read and adopt the ideas in:


  4. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.


  5. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    How is your local area being affected??
    Ask your MP and local council!


  6. Not deaf, not blind, not sick – IDS is just pure evil on two legs.


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