Tax appeal

First published in Letters

Bedroom Tax - Tenants can appeal and win!

THROUGHOUT Wales, tenants are organising and fighting back against Westminster’s bedroom tax. The policy is defined not only by its cruelty, but also its incompetence. It appears to be a shoddy, ‘back-of-a-fag-packet’ measure that is unravelling in the courts and the media. This throws up all sorts of opportunities for those affected.

Consequently; if you have lived in the same property since January 1st, 1996 or before and have been in continuous receipt of housing benefit (full or just one pence per week), in meeting these two conditions you are almost certainly exempt from the bedroom tax.

The same will apply if you inherited a tenancy on the same basis.

Newport Against the Bedroom Tax urges all tenants within this category to appeal. The process is simple, free and, if successful, not only will you no longer have to pay the bedroom tax but you will be refunded the difference since April or its equivalent in arrears.

If you are not covered by this regulation, you might also be able to appeal on the grounds of room size, room use, disability/illness or family relationships. Either way, we can help – please contact Hannah on 07717 779819 or email newportagainstthebedroomtax@gmail.com.

Hannah Crew - Newport Against the Bedroom Tax and Jamie Insole – Cardiff & South Wales Against the Bedroom Tax

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6:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Mervyn James says...

Welcome news, of course with regards to many benefits like DLA etc, 68% of appeals always reject the DWP findings too. Less than 5% of everyone on benefits has a question mark, what is happening, is the DWP bullying claimants by frightening them and telling people they CANNOT appeal,of course they can. There is a train of thought now going on whereby the DWP cannot interview a claimant re changing a benefit, unless their legal representation is with them, to prevent coercion by amateur interviewers whose sole job is to reject everything. The policy of bullying has so far resulted in 3,000 premature deaths, and 16% of genuine claimants losing allowances they were perfectly entitled to, indeed they were the most vulnerable and deserving. IT is costing the state a £1m a day to prevent genuine claims proceedings,more in fact than it would cost to leave them as they are.... If the idea is to save taxpayers money, it doesn't compute.
Welcome news, of course with regards to many benefits like DLA etc, 68% of appeals always reject the DWP findings too. Less than 5% of everyone on benefits has a question mark, what is happening, is the DWP bullying claimants by frightening them and telling people they CANNOT appeal,of course they can. There is a train of thought now going on whereby the DWP cannot interview a claimant re changing a benefit, unless their legal representation is with them, to prevent coercion by amateur interviewers whose sole job is to reject everything. The policy of bullying has so far resulted in 3,000 premature deaths, and 16% of genuine claimants losing allowances they were perfectly entitled to, indeed they were the most vulnerable and deserving. IT is costing the state a £1m a day to prevent genuine claims proceedings,more in fact than it would cost to leave them as they are.... If the idea is to save taxpayers money, it doesn't compute. Mervyn James
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12:27am Sat 25 Jan 14

Jannanewzealand says...

I am interested in whether any readers know the origin of the phrase "Pill fairy" relating to women who originated from Pillgwenlly, or down Pill as we called it. We believed it was a term of endearment, but heard otherwise from a local elderly person. So would be interested in all information relating to this term.
I am interested in whether any readers know the origin of the phrase "Pill fairy" relating to women who originated from Pillgwenlly, or down Pill as we called it. We believed it was a term of endearment, but heard otherwise from a local elderly person. So would be interested in all information relating to this term. Jannanewzealand
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8:48am Sat 25 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!! scraptheWAG
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Sat 25 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
Oh stW - you're just jealous because they have friends.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!![/p][/quote]Oh stW - you're just jealous because they have friends. GardenVarietyMushroom
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1:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

BTW - anyone afected by the bedroom TAX (eat it _Bryan_) ought to read this piece...

http://speye.wordpre
ss.com/2014/01/24/th
ere-is-a-legal-defin
ition-of-bedroom-for
-bedroom-tax-purpose
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BTW - anyone afected by the bedroom TAX (eat it _Bryan_) ought to read this piece... http://speye.wordpre ss.com/2014/01/24/th ere-is-a-legal-defin ition-of-bedroom-for -bedroom-tax-purpose s/ GardenVarietyMushroom
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1:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mr Angry says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
You are the pathetic troll ever
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!![/p][/quote]You are the pathetic troll ever Mr Angry
  • Score: -1

9:05am Sun 26 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

The legislation is being updated to close this loophole
The legislation is being updated to close this loophole Bobevans
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9:28am Sun 26 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Bobevans wrote:
The legislation is being updated to close this loophole
Source?
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: The legislation is being updated to close this loophole[/p][/quote]Source? GardenVarietyMushroom
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7:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

Bobevans wrote:
The legislation is being updated to close this loophole
irs funny how they can move so fast to close this loophole, but loopholes in tax laws remain untouched
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: The legislation is being updated to close this loophole[/p][/quote]irs funny how they can move so fast to close this loophole, but loopholes in tax laws remain untouched whatintheworld
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10:01pm Sun 26 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

Mr Angry wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
You are the pathetic troll ever
there is no need for the unemployed to have spare room thats a fact
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!![/p][/quote]You are the pathetic troll ever[/p][/quote]there is no need for the unemployed to have spare room thats a fact scraptheWAG
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8:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

Llanmartinangel says...

whatintheworld wrote:
Bobevans wrote:
The legislation is being updated to close this loophole
irs funny how they can move so fast to close this loophole, but loopholes in tax laws remain untouched
Money is a mobile commodity. Politicians need to grasp that fact. As Francois Hollande found out when he tried to increase tax rates. 60 billion euros left France before he could even get his law written. Result? Instead of getting 50% of that money, he'll get nothing. Who loses? France.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: The legislation is being updated to close this loophole[/p][/quote]irs funny how they can move so fast to close this loophole, but loopholes in tax laws remain untouched[/p][/quote]Money is a mobile commodity. Politicians need to grasp that fact. As Francois Hollande found out when he tried to increase tax rates. 60 billion euros left France before he could even get his law written. Result? Instead of getting 50% of that money, he'll get nothing. Who loses? France. Llanmartinangel
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10:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

endthelies says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
m
wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
Oh stW - you're just jealous because they have friends.
That made me giggle GVM :)
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!![/p][/quote]Oh stW - you're just jealous because they have friends.[/p][/quote]That made me giggle GVM :) endthelies
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9:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Jinxey says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!!
You are the pathetic troll ever
there is no need for the unemployed to have spare room thats a fact
That is the stupidest comment I have ever seen.

Where have you got this idea that it is only unemployed people are affected by the bedroom tax? There are people who work but are on a low income so they still have some help towards paying their rent, the vast majority of which probably want to be able to gain more hours/higher income so that they do not have to claim off the state. Unfortunately, a lot of jobs are part time (often zero hour contracts) due to the economy.

Now to go back to your comment of it being a fact that people don't need a spare room! How stupid can you get! You can't assume that. There are loads of reasons as to why people could need a spare room. Parents may have children stay on the weekend, people may have disabled partners who often need to stay in a separate room, elderly relatives may need care on a regular basis. The list goes on. You have no right to come on here and tell people that because they live in a house owned by a housing association that they have no right to a spare room.

You are pathetic and really need to get a life. And before you call me a lazy scrounger (which you probably will), I work full time and don't claim any money from the state.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: the unemployed really want to keep hold of the spare rooms so their mates can crash over!![/p][/quote]You are the pathetic troll ever[/p][/quote]there is no need for the unemployed to have spare room thats a fact[/p][/quote]That is the stupidest comment I have ever seen. Where have you got this idea that it is only unemployed people are affected by the bedroom tax? There are people who work but are on a low income so they still have some help towards paying their rent, the vast majority of which probably want to be able to gain more hours/higher income so that they do not have to claim off the state. Unfortunately, a lot of jobs are part time (often zero hour contracts) due to the economy. Now to go back to your comment of it being a fact that people don't need a spare room! How stupid can you get! You can't assume that. There are loads of reasons as to why people could need a spare room. Parents may have children stay on the weekend, people may have disabled partners who often need to stay in a separate room, elderly relatives may need care on a regular basis. The list goes on. You have no right to come on here and tell people that because they live in a house owned by a housing association that they have no right to a spare room. You are pathetic and really need to get a life. And before you call me a lazy scrounger (which you probably will), I work full time and don't claim any money from the state. Jinxey
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