- 9 updates
The government has made concessions over its controversial plans for a 'bedroom tax' that would see some benefits withheld from social housing tenants deemed to have spare rooms.
Families containing someone who serves in the Armed Forces and some foster carers will no longer be affected by the measure.
ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia reports:
Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne vowed that his party would not rest until the government drops its so-called 'bedroom tax'.
The National Housing Federation has claimed that the government's move to exempt foster carers and armed forces personnel from the so-called 'bedroom tax' amounts to an admission that the policy is "ill-thought through and incompetent".
The Government is giving councils the power to exempt severely disabled children from changes to housing benefit, rather than subsidise income through a hardship fund.
Speaking to ITV News, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith denied the move amounts to a u-turn, and insists his department is just clarifying guidance. There is no more money to pay for it, and the changes will come out of the department's budget.
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."
The Department for Work and Pensions has announced a change to housing benefit which means foster carers and military personnel will not be affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax'.
The Government will issue "final guidance" to local authorities this week on a "number of areas" regarding the application of its controversial so-called "bedroom tax", the Work and Pensions Secretary said.
Iain Duncan Smith told MPs in the Commons yesterday that the guidance would come out today.
Latest ITV News reports
The so-called 'bedroom tax' will affect around 660,000 social housing tenants across the country but how will it work?