'Bedroom tax' rules change

Families whose children's disability means they cannot share a bedroom will be exempt from the controversial so-called "bedroom tax". The Government will issue "final guidance" to local authorities on a "number of areas"

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Changes to 'bedroom tax'

The Government has begun backtracking on its controversial plans to cut housing benefit - proposals that have been labelled 'the bedroom tax'.

It says disabled children, foster carers and the armed forces would be exempt from benefits cut if they have a spare room.

But disabled adults will still be affected. Ben Schofield reports.

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Foster carers & Armed Forces exempt from 'bedroom tax'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced that foster carers and army personnel who receive housing benefit will be exempt from the so-called "bedroom tax".

In a Written Ministerial Statement, he wrote: "People who are approved foster carers will be allowed an additional room, whether or not a child has been placed with them or they are between placements, so long as they have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months.

"Adult children who are in the Armed Forces but who continue to live with parents will be treated as continuing to live at home, even when deployed on operations."

Seven years to re-house tenants facing new 'bedroom tax'

A housing association in Liverpool says it could take up to seven years to find new homes for people unable to pay a new government tax on spare bedrooms.

The under-occupation measure comes into force in April and will see social housing tenants have their housing benefit cut by 14% for one room, and 25% for two.

Those who cannot afford the shortfall will be asked to downsize in order to reduce the number of people on housing waiting lists.

Angela Forshaw, Director of Liverpool Mutual Homes, says that process could be long and complex.

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Extra bills for council tenants

A new government tax that means children may have to share a bedroom could affect thousands of families in the region.

The under-occupation tax, also known as the Bedroom Tax, is targeting council house tenants with what are classed as spare bedrooms.

If you have one, you have to pay for it, or move out. The new measure comes into force in April.

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