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Social housing tenants likely to be hit with bedroom tax

Posted on 2013-04-04

With a current shortage of social housing and in particular smaller properties, social housing tenants are typically given larger homes, even if their family size doesn’t warrant it. However, the government initiative would see these families either paying the extra for the privilege or having to find somewhere else to live – possibly being forced to move into private rented accommodated.

The government argue that as private tenants and homeowners don’t receive benefit for extra bedrooms, then why should we do more for social housing tenants than for people in private housing on housing benefits.

However, those opposing the initiative argue that the bedroom tax simply disadvantages some of the poorest people, many whom are disabled, and this shift will only make lives harder for those who are already struggling to make ends meet.

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