The Welfare reform Bill due to come into force in April,
2013 includes Housing Benefit reforms (commonly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’) that
will affect almost every family across the country. Government claims
pensioners will not be affected are misleading. From October, 2013 if a
pensioner’s spouse is not of pensionable age, they will be required to claim
the new Universal Credit and be subject to this loss of benefit as well as
It is unclear how a pensioner will be affected with
working age children at home.
It will affect the low waged who are in receipt of
housing benefit; they will have their benefit cut if they are ‘under occupied’.
It will not ease the housing situation, rather it
is more likely to aggravate it because there is just not enough smaller accommodation
to house the under occupier.
It doesn’t take account of a person’s status, which
is they may have lived in and personalised their homes for 30 years or more,
yet are now to be moved on or forced to pay money they will not be able to afford.
Children and pensioners will be hungry or cold or
both so that these extra payments can be met. Meanwhile, the government has
done nothing to reduce tax fraud and loopholes that the very rich take
advantage of; rather, it has reduced the highest rate of income tax for the
richest. These are probably also the biggest under-occupiers in the land, along
with MP’s, none of whom has said they will give up their taxpayer funded second
home for something ‘more suitable’.
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