'Bedroom tax' has 'failed to save taxpayer £115m'

The so-called bedroom tax has failed to save the taxpayer £115 million of the £445 million that was expected, a leading social policy charity has found.

'Bedroom tax' Dad blasts 'dreadful' benefit reform

A father of a disabled boy who will have to pay money back under the "bedroom tax" has hit out at the "dreadful" scheme.

Jimmy Daly from Stoke told Daybreak he was moved into his current two-bedroom home to help him cope with his son's disabilities, but because his son does not live with him full time, Jim has to pay some money back.

"I was moved in here because of his disabilities, and now they're saying because your son is disabled you have to pay this dreadful tax. It's wrong."

Govt: Bedroom tax 'mismanaged from the start'

The bedroom tax has been "mismanaged from the start" and has failed to free up larger properties, according to Labour.

Shadow welfare minister Chris Bryant said:

This ill-conceived policy has been mismanaged from the start.

It's failed to free up larger properties because there simply aren't smaller properties to move to.

It's hitting the most vulnerable hardest, and failing to save the money that David Cameron had predicted.

The Government has no reason to keep it - if they won't repeal it, a Labour government will.

– Chris Bryant

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Bedroom tax failed to save '£115m less than expected'

The bedroom tax has failed to save the taxpayer £115 million of the £445 million that was expected, a leading social policy charity has found.

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Bedroom tax savings will dwindle further in time, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said. Credit: PA

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A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said savings from the so-called bedroom tax - a reduction in housing benefit for social housing tenants deemed to have more rooms than they need - were lower than expected but fewer people had been affected.

Around 498,000 people had been affected altogether, the report said, compared with an initial Government estimate of 660.000.

Report author Steve Wilcox said: "There are options to alleviate the worst effects of the policy - particularly in the provisions for people with disabilities, bedrooms too small to share, and those unable to move.

"The savings from the size criteria are modest, and will decline over time, but they have been achieved at disproportionate costs for tenants and landlords."

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