Pensioners hit by 'bedroom tax'

Some pensioners with spare rooms will be hit by reductions in housing benefit under what critics dub the Government's "bedroom tax", the Department of Work and Pensions said. A ComRes poll reveals most of the British public want to delay the tax.

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Foster carers and disabled 'will be protected'

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) say they do not want the new charges for social housing tenants with a spare room (the so-called 'bedroom tax') to discourage people from becoming foster parents. A spokesperson said:

We've provided £30 million to councils to ensure that groups like foster carers and disabled people are protected. We don’t want this measure to discourage people from becoming foster carers, and an additional £30m was allocated to the discretionary housing payment budget from April 2013.

The £30 million is part of a broader £155 million budget to support people in difficult situations, and is specifically targeted at two groups:

  • disabled people who live in significantly adapted accommodation; the extra funding will enable them to remain in their existing homes
  • foster carers, including those who need to keep an extra room when they are in between fostering

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