534 households in
have had their housing benefits cut as a result of the Government’s bedroom tax
according to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (1). The
figures, which cover the period April until August 2013, are the first to
identify how many households have lost housing benefit payments since the
introduction of the bedroom tax in April 2013. Canterbury
Those households in
are losing an average of £829.66 per year. In total, the figures show that
6,921 households in Canterbury
have had their housing benefits cut with an average loss of £868. Kent
Stuart Jeffery, Kent Green Party Chair and European Parliamentary Candidate, said: “The bedroom tax is having a major impact on the most vulnerable and low-paid people in
Evidence is now beginning to emerge that many households caught by the bedroom tax are falling into rent arrears. A survey carried out by the National Housing Federation estimates that more than half of housing association tenants who are affected by the bedroom tax have fallen behind with rent since the introduction of this policy (2).
The findings are backed up by a recent report from KCC’s Business Intelligence team, ‘Welfare Reform, Update on the Evidence of the Impact on
which concluded: “Increasing debt and debt management is a concerning issue.
The introduction of welfare reforms has meant that more claimants require
support to manage their finances and are increasingly getting into debt.” Kent
The Green Party opposes the Bedroom Tax. It is unfair and targets some of the most vulnerable and poor people in society. The party is campaigning alongside many charities, disabled groups and trade unions for its immediate abolition.