"Bedroom tax" benefit change to hit 600 Stroud people
HUNDREDS of low-income families and disabled people are to face a stark choice – paying up to £1,000 more rent or move house.
The Bedroom Tax is due to come into force for housing association and council home tenants on April 1.
They face paying an average £571 a year more rent if they have one spare bedroom or £1,020 a year if they have two following government changes to housing benefit payments.
The change applies to all tenants of working age, including disabled people who have their home specially adapted for their needs.
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Tenants will face tough choices and availability of homes will be a key issue. Tenants face a 14% cut in their housing benefit if they are found to have one spare bedroom or 25% if they have two spare bedrooms.
The National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, says 638 people in Stroud district will be affected, including an estimated 400 disabled people. The federation is calling on the Government for a rethink.
Catherine Brabner from the National Housing Federation in the South West said: "In most areas, there just aren't enough smaller affordable homes for these families to move into to avoid the tax.
"Many people will find themselves having to move into more expensive privately rented properties, adding to the overall housing benefit bill."