The government says that anyone hit by the 'bedroom tax' in April will be able to apply for Discretionary Housing Payments to soften the blow. However, these payments will not be available to everyone.
- The National Housing Federation says funding for the payments is capped at £30 million and this is not ring-fenced
- Only foster carers and disabled people are eligible
- Payments are granted at the discretion of local authorities
- When the funding is gone, it's gone
A disabled woman and her partner have written to a minister urging a rethink on plans to cut benefits for tenants deemed to have spare rooms
The benefit cut for social housing tenants will put 'unbearable' pressure on families with a disabled child.
Bedrooms in some foster homes will be classified as vacant, but the government insists funding for foster carers will be protected.