Three quarters of Barrow council tenants affected by bedroom tax are in arrears
Last updated at 08:29, Friday, 20 September 2013
THE so-called “bedroom tax” has tipped nearly one in three affected council tenants in the country into rent arrears. As previously reported in the Evening Mail, in Barrow, three quarters had fallen into arrears.
Since the reform was introduced in April, 50,000 households in 114 local council areas (31 per cent of those affected) can no longer afford to pay for their accommodation, the False Economy group claimed.
The figures, obtained by the TUC-backed False Economy campaign using freedom of information requests, showed some parts of Britain suffering far more than others.
Other areas where the proportion was at least half were Clackmannanshire (67 per cent), Tamworth (52 per cent), South Kesteven (51 per cent) and Rotherham (50 per cent).
A separate study, by the National Housing Federation, showed a quarter of those in housing association properties affected by the policy had been pushed into rent arrears since the change.
It found that a quarter of tenants affected by the reform in 38 housing associations it questioned had become unable any longer to pay the rent between April and June.
First published at 17:05, Thursday, 19 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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They should get a job then, what are the stats on which of these people in debt are on benefit anyway? So they are receiving "free money" which they choose to pay for other things rather than pay some of this "free money" towards the "free rent" they receive already. Life is about choices,we are too much of a nanny state where people take from a system they have never contributed to, but know everything they are "entitled" to. What a great lifestyle!! It should change its name from "benefit" as it isn't a "benefit", it is "charity" from tax payers, who fund lifestyles of those on "benefit already.
I assume therefore that 100% of tennants were not in arrears before "bedroom tax"?
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