ARGUS COMMENT: Human cost of bedroom tax

KEVIN REEVE'S story illustrates the difficult decisions being faced by many of those affected by the so-called bedroom tax.

Of course there is no such tax, but the government's decision to change housing benefit rules, means that tenants with a spare bedroom are having to pay higher rents. The outcome is the same.

The government's motivation was to keep housing benefit costs down.

And that is perhaps understandable at a time when the whole welfare bill is under the microscope.

However, there are certain elements of the housing change which do warrant criticism

What was not properly thought through perhaps was the fact of the shortage of one-bedroomed homes which means many tenants are effectively trapped.

In many cases their only option has been to fall into arrears with their rent, a situation which can surely benefit nobody.

And, as with all such changes, there is often a human cost which, while not foreseen, is no less painful for those involved.

Mr Reeve is having to leave the home his family lived in for 50 years.

Not wanting to go into arrears he has little option but to leave.

Not only that but it now appears he may have to move out of the community he loves in order to find somewhere to live.

in the meantime he is struggling to cope with the increased cost of a home which through no fault of his own is now deemed too big.

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1:54pm Tue 1 Apr 14

kez1968 says...

If there are no smaller properties available then people shouldn't be expected to pay the extra, because it's not there fault, on the other hand, he his an able bodied person and said of moaning about the current benefit rules, he should be using his energies to find a job,so he can find his 'own' rent, not relying on benefits.
If there are no smaller properties available then people shouldn't be expected to pay the extra, because it's not there fault, on the other hand, he his an able bodied person and said of moaning about the current benefit rules, he should be using his energies to find a job,so he can find his 'own' rent, not relying on benefits. kez1968
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8:22pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

Unlike a baseball cap…..as with many a government policies or laws……one size doesn’t fit all….and unfortunately….. while there are exemption for some …. many politians and others have little consideration or concern of the effects on those on the periphery who are caught up along with the real offenders.….it’s all about the ‘bigger picture’….after all…. we’re all in this together
Unlike a baseball cap…..as with many a government policies or laws……one size doesn’t fit all….and unfortunately….. while there are exemption for some …. many politians and others have little consideration or concern of the effects on those on the periphery who are caught up along with the real offenders.….it’s all about the ‘bigger picture’….after all…. we’re all in this together Dave on his Soapbox
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10:04pm Tue 1 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

why should the unemployed choose to live where ever they please unlike the working who have to trim there cloth to fit their pocket
why should the unemployed choose to live where ever they please unlike the working who have to trim there cloth to fit their pocket scraptheWAG
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10:27pm Tue 1 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

Don't blame the bedroom tax this has been policy for decades. Its not a new idea. Although I do think cases should be decided on merit or the lack of it to say who should move and who shouldn't.
Don't blame the bedroom tax this has been policy for decades. Its not a new idea. Although I do think cases should be decided on merit or the lack of it to say who should move and who shouldn't. blackandamber
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2:27pm Wed 2 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Lets take it of the poor, always popular to hit the poorest in our Country, get us more votes, looks like we are doing a good job, "my arse", did the idiot Ian Duncan Smith save £48million on the bedroom "tax", and lost £90 odd Million on soft ware for the all in one Benefit payments system, anyone get the sack? NO.

The NHS England paid an extra £300,000 on salaries just to transfer administrators from other British NHS trusts to England NHS. the MOD pen-pushers had a £7 Million bonus pot to share for keeping our Soldiers short of Equipment. Remember the NHS IT system, abandoned at £10 Billion so far.

Not withstanding £12.6 Billion on the Foreign Aid give away on strangers who harbour people who plot against our way of life, also the GREAT immigration BRAINWASHING debacle spread by our famous leading Government rags and the Traitorous BBC on how much we make on immigrants, Well it's cost this Country since 1995 to 2011, according to The Migration Watch Report, £148 Billion or £22 Million a week and climbing.

Yet some of you still think it's OK to hit our Poor, if the intention is to make room for bigger families for the extra bedroom then seek out smaller properties for the tenants who have the extra bedroom, don't force them into courts for the payments they can't make or eviction, means testing would help them sort out those who can afford to make up the extra, our Country our People...Turn your hate on those who take more in Benefits than any other, who are also plotting to take YOUR Country off YOU....
Lets take it of the poor, always popular to hit the poorest in our Country, get us more votes, looks like we are doing a good job, "my arse", did the idiot Ian Duncan Smith save £48million on the bedroom "tax", and lost £90 odd Million on soft ware for the all in one Benefit payments system, anyone get the sack? NO. The NHS England paid an extra £300,000 on salaries just to transfer administrators from other British NHS trusts to England NHS. the MOD pen-pushers had a £7 Million bonus pot to share for keeping our Soldiers short of Equipment. Remember the NHS IT system, abandoned at £10 Billion so far. Not withstanding £12.6 Billion on the Foreign Aid give away on strangers who harbour people who plot against our way of life, also the GREAT immigration BRAINWASHING debacle spread by our famous leading Government rags and the Traitorous BBC on how much we make on immigrants, Well it's cost this Country since 1995 to 2011, according to The Migration Watch Report, £148 Billion or £22 Million a week and climbing. Yet some of you still think it's OK to hit our Poor, if the intention is to make room for bigger families for the extra bedroom then seek out smaller properties for the tenants who have the extra bedroom, don't force them into courts for the payments they can't make or eviction, means testing would help them sort out those who can afford to make up the extra, our Country our People...Turn your hate on those who take more in Benefits than any other, who are also plotting to take YOUR Country off YOU.... welshmen
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7:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Are there still 'poor' can you class someone living in a 3 bed house with heating hot water & secure with freedom to choose poor?
Are there still 'poor' can you class someone living in a 3 bed house with heating hot water & secure with freedom to choose poor? Limestonecowboy
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