According to new data released by the Government and analysed by the National Housing Federation In Tameside 2,457 households were hit by the bedroom tax in August and , the first to show actual numbers affected by the controversial policy, in Tameside the Average amount of Housing Benefit lost per year was £731.90.
The bedroom tax came into force on 1 April, 2013 and this is the first time the Government has released data showing the actual numbers hit. But even this does not show the full extent of families affected – it excludes those working families, previously in receipt of a small amount of housing benefit, whose entitlement has been completely wiped out by the bedroom tax.
The National Housing Federation stated “These new Government figures show that bedroom tax is affecting thousands of people……for many, there isn’t even anywhere for them to downsize to. There simply aren’t enough smaller social homes available, and the cost of private rented housing is rising all the time.”
“The Government says discretionary housing payments will help those who cannot downsize, but there isn’t anywhere near enough money to go round.
“The bedroom tax is trapping many people in homes they can no longer afford and where they are struggling to pay their rents. It is unfair, badly designed, and must be repealed.”
said: “These figures show the extent to which this government is affecting the lives of ordinary people. It’s astonishing that a government can tax people for having a spare room when there simply aren’t enough smaller houses to move into while at the same time cutting taxes for high earners.
“Though some councils, like the Green administration in Brighton, have brought forward ‘no eviction’ policies many people…are living in fear of being kicked out of their homes. This is intolerable.”
“People are struggling as the Government’s austerity obsession hits home. Whilst benefits are cut and wages stagnate the cost of living, from buying food to the price of accommodation, is skyrocketing. This new data confirms that we have a government which protects the wealth of the rich while punishing the poor.”
A full breakdown of Bedroom Tax figures for all local authorities is available here.