‘Bedroom tax’ could hit hundreds of households
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.
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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.
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