'Fall in number of Bradford people facing benefit cut'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith

The number of people facing a reduction in housing benefit because of the bedroom tax has dropped by 14.7 per cent in Bradford, latest figures reveal.

Statistics for last November show 3,014 social housing tenants in Bradford had a reduction in their benefits because they were considered to be under-occupying their accommodation.

This figure was down from 3,533 in May 2013 – the first month statistics were available. Tenants are taking action, ranging from moving and using home swap services to finding work or increasing earnings. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “Reforming housing benefit was absolutely necessary to ensure we can maintain a strong safety net.

“The cost to the taxpayer grew by 50 per cent in just ten years to over £24 billion. We just could not ignore the problem and strong action was needed to reduce the deficit and safeguard our economy for the long term.

“Removing the spare room subsidy will help to turn the tide that saw around 300,000 households living in overcrowded homes in the social rented sector and 1.7m households on the waiting lists in England alone, while the taxpayer footed the bill for hundreds of thousands of spare rooms.”

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3:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

Please provide figures for the number of vacant single bedroom social housing properties in Bradford. Unless there are around 3,000 then those losing money are victims of entrapment. I'm sure someone will say they should move into private rental sector but prices are higher in this sector thus more housing benefit will be paid out which doesn't solve the problem serving only to enrich private landlords at the taxpayers expense. In my opinion it has never been the intention to enable the vast majority to avoid paying. As many of these people were on the legal minimum requirement prior to this Tax (and yes it is a tax as in order for a spare room subsidy to be removed the people required to pay, not the landlords, would have needed to have been receiving a spare room subsidy) what are they supposed to cut in order to pay. There have already been suicides over this policy and the blood is on the hands of the Tories.
Please provide figures for the number of vacant single bedroom social housing properties in Bradford. Unless there are around 3,000 then those losing money are victims of entrapment. I'm sure someone will say they should move into private rental sector but prices are higher in this sector thus more housing benefit will be paid out which doesn't solve the problem serving only to enrich private landlords at the taxpayers expense. In my opinion it has never been the intention to enable the vast majority to avoid paying. As many of these people were on the legal minimum requirement prior to this Tax (and yes it is a tax as in order for a spare room subsidy to be removed the people required to pay, not the landlords, would have needed to have been receiving a spare room subsidy) what are they supposed to cut in order to pay. There have already been suicides over this policy and the blood is on the hands of the Tories. RollandSmoke
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4:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

The bedroom tax is typical Tory policy making. A sensible idea that allows them to defend it in public but implemented in such a way as to turn it into another weapon against the poor.

The Tories knew that there wasn't enough single bedroom accommodation to allow everybody to downsize and that therefore most people would simply end up getting much less money. This policy is just another way the Tories reduce government spending by targeting the most vulnerable. On the other hand their rich friends get tax reductions.
The bedroom tax is typical Tory policy making. A sensible idea that allows them to defend it in public but implemented in such a way as to turn it into another weapon against the poor. The Tories knew that there wasn't enough single bedroom accommodation to allow everybody to downsize and that therefore most people would simply end up getting much less money. This policy is just another way the Tories reduce government spending by targeting the most vulnerable. On the other hand their rich friends get tax reductions. Grumpygirl
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12:29am Wed 26 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Labour introduced the bedroom tax then the coalition cracked down even hard with it. in short all three are to blame for this heinous tax.
There is a shortage of 1 and 2 bedroom social housing homes not only in BMDC catchment region but throughout the nation.
Roll on 2015 when hopefully we get some common sense into central government.
Labour introduced the bedroom tax then the coalition cracked down even hard with it. in short all three are to blame for this heinous tax. There is a shortage of 1 and 2 bedroom social housing homes not only in BMDC catchment region but throughout the nation. Roll on 2015 when hopefully we get some common sense into central government. G_Firth
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