‘Bedroom tax’ could hit hundreds of households

Joseph Bulmer

North Devon and Torridge families could pay an extra �500 per year if welfare plans go through, it is claimed.

LOW income households across the region could end up paying more than �500 per “extra” room in their home if Government welfare proposals go through, a new study has claimed.

Figures from the National Housing Federation say some 408 households in North Devon plus 417 in Torridge will be penalised for “under-occupying,” although they may nowhere else to move to.

According to the figures, it will cost around �557 per year for each extra room in North Devon and �530 in Torridge, around �10 per week.

The federation claims the legislation would hit, among others, grandparents who share the care of their grandchildren, families with two same-sex teenagers with their own bedrooms and disabled tenants who need an adapted room.

The Welfare Reform Bill returns to the House of Commons this week, with MPs being urged by its opponents to back a cross-party amendment to exempt families with just one additional bedroom when there are no alternative properties for them.