Cardiff resident's outrage over 'bedroom tax' confusion

There are warnings that the so-called 'bedroom tax' is causing widespread confusion, as thousands of people who thought they were liable to pay it are discovering they're not. The Department for Work and Pensions says it is looking into the matter.

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Resident speaks of outrage at 'bedroom tax' confusion

There are warnings tonight that the so-called 'bedroom tax' is causing chaos and confusion, as thousands of people who thought they were liable to pay it are discovering they're not.

Under the rules, anyone who has been in their home since 1996 or before - and has continually claimed housing benefit - does NOT have to pay.

One Cardiff resident told ITV News she was 'outraged' at having to watch people in her community downsize when they didn't have to, as well as the fact that she might now be owed money herself.

The Department for Work and Pensions says it is looking at the issue carefully and will act as necessary.

Thousands may be exempt from paying 'bedroom tax'

Anyone who has been in their home since before 1996 does not have to pay the subsidy. Credit: PA

It is estimated that 5,000 people in Wales who are paying a spare room subsidy could - and should - have been exempt.

Under the rule, anyone who has been in their home since before 1996 and has continually claimed housing benefit does not have to pay the subsidy.

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions say they are looking at the issue carefully and will take any necessary action.

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