The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended controversial plans to charge social housing tenants for spare rooms in their homes, or ask them to move into smaller homes saying it will help those on social housing waiting lists, and families living in overcrowded homes. A spokesman said:
We are giving councils an extra £155m this year so that they can help their vulnerable tenants including £30m to support disabled people and foster carers.
?It's only right that we bring fairness back to the system: when in England alone there are nearly 2 million households on the social housing waiting list and over a quarter of a million tenants are living in overcrowded homes.
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.