ARGUS COMMENT: Human cost of bedroom tax
10:39am Tuesday 1st April 2014 in News
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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