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UN 'bedroom tax' apology

UN Special Rapporteur for housing Raquel Rolnik has apologised for using the term "bedroom tax" when she criticised the Government for what it terms the "spare room subsidy". The Conservative party complained to Ban Ki-Moon about the remarks.

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UN investigator: 'Bedroom tax' a 'shocking' policy

The Government's so-called "bedroom tax" is a "shocking" policy which should be scrapped, an United Nations investigator has said.

Housing benefit claimants deemed to have spare rooms have had their benefit cut. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Housing benefit claimants have their benefit cut by 14% for those deemed to have one extra bedroom and 25% for claimants with two or more spare bedrooms.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Raquel Rolnik, who has been on a fact-finding visit to Britain, said: "My immediate recommendation is that the bedroom tax is abolished."

"I was very shocked to hear how many people feel abused in their human rights by this decision and why - being so vulnerable - they should pay for the cost of the economic downturn, which was brought about by the financial crisis."

Ms Rolnik's visit - at the invitation of the Government - has taken in trips to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester.

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