Bedroom Tax Today's Window Tax?(October 18, 2012)
Warminster housing association tenants need to start planning for the big hit to the money in their pockets as the 'double whammy' of the 'Bedroom Tax' and the 'Univeral Credit' approaches warns a former local councillor.
The Con-Dem government will force Wiltshire Council to introduce new rules for housing benefit claims from April 2013 to tenants of working age if there is not another late policy u-turn.
"Buried behind all the front page current media coverage is the double whammy of the Welfare Reform Act and proposals for a new universal benefit replacing other welfare payments," said Paul Macdonald.
"There are now six months left for tenants to take some tough decisions and prepare to see either their family life change drastically or budget to spend less on food and heating to pay more rent."
Housing benefit will be reduced if the council thinks there is a spare bedroom in the home. Youngsters up to the age of 16 of the same gender are expected to share a bedroom and boys and girls under 10 years of age are expected to share.
Spare Bedroom Window
There will be a fixed percentage taken off the current housing benefit which the Government demands will be 14% for an extra bedroom and 25% for two or more extra bedrooms.
"It will affect foster parents, the use of a spare bedroom on medical grounds, mums or dads whose children visit but are not part of the household and the families of disabled children," continues Paul.