There is a substantial fabrication going on because 96% of benefit claimants who are being inflicted a penalty on won’t get rehoused because there are plainly not the necessary smaller homes to go around for those that live in larger houses.
The spare bedroom tax simply punishes low-income people because they’re living in a larger house and, even more so, those that have been made to leave their bigger houses because they don’t have the money to stay there; those larger homes are being left vacant and, councils are making it known that they may have to knock them down in the end.
Families that have been hit by the bedroom tax are at the moment trapped in their bigger houses because they have nowhere else to go that is smaller within the bounds of the social housing stock.
Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said: “The big lie behind this Government’s spiteful bedroom tax is now plain for all to see. Ministers like to claim it’s not a tax, but the truth is more than 96 per cent of those hit have nowhere to move to.
This bed tax is entrapping thousands of families and coercing vulnerable people to food banks and loan sharks.
There is at the moment the serious possibility that it could end up costing Britain extra money than it retains because tenants are being forced to go homeless or relocate to costly private rented quarters.
It’s now obvious that the government has made a serious error with this strategy and that they must discard it before more lives are destroyed.
Chris Goulden, head of poverty at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “It is very difficult to see how this policy can work without causing severe hardship, particularly as many of those affected are disabled people. The housing benefit bill could also rise if more people move into the private rented sector because of a shortage of one or two-bedroom properties in social housing.”
In spite of the fact, the DWP are ascertaining that social housing tenants who want to downsize could alternatively spend their housing benefit on private housing, even though there is already a serious sparseness of small, inexpensive private dwellings and, tenants could in fact spend their housing benefit on private housing, but what about the two months retainer they have to put down before they can even move in and, who is going to pay for that?
Hannah Smith, 28, lives in a three-bedroom house in Hyde, Cheshire, with children Gracey, 7, and Jake, 6.
I’ve always said that this house could be for a bigger family. I’ve been asking on and off for the last six years for a two-bedroom place, but the housing association said it couldn’t happen, so I’ve been stuck here.
As well, deteriorating coastal towns all over Britain are at the moment are being afflicted with acute social failure because they’re becoming dumping grounds for people on low incomes or welfare benefits, that have been pushed out from the inner city regions.
Hotels that formerly housed holiday makers are being adapted into inexpensive flats for the vulnerable tenants and, properties are also being used by councils in the more affluent sectors as low-cost alternatives for housing children in care.