DWP expects 'very few' affected by 'bedroom tax' error

The Department for Work and Pensions said the regulations were now being amended and that it still believed its earlier estimate of the numbers affected by 'bedroom tax' errors was correct.

The Department for Work and Pensions stands by its figures on the number of people wrongly billed over so-called 'bedroom tax'. Credit: Press Association

A spokesman said: "We expect very few people to be affected by this - around 5,000 - and are working with councils to ensure affected claimants are kept informed.

"The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants' rent, but the taxpayer can no longer afford to pay the £500 million cost of claimants' extra bedrooms."

Read more: What is so called 'bedroom tax'?

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Labour: 'Bedroom Tax' error hits thousands

The Government has been accused of understating the number of council tenants who have been wrongly hit by 'bedroom tax'. Council data says at least 16,000 households had wrongly had their benefit cut but Labour says the true figure could be 50,000.