A resident in Maida Vale, living in a one bedroom sheltered housing block, has been sent a £1,200 'Bedroom Tax' bill by Westminster Council by mistake. The resident, who has not been named said:
I received a letter from Westminster benefits office stating that I am under occupying my 1 bedroom flat! I live in sheltered accommodation, and as far as I am aware I am exempt from the bedroom tax, I believe this applies to all sheltered accommodation in the country.
I receive pension credit and I was born before the 7th of October 1951. I have been informed that I have been overpaid £1,233.28. Will Westminster City Council take me to court? Will the council evict me and all the other sheltered accommodation residents who cannot pay?
Westminster City Council said:
We apologise. This was a computer error and we rectified the problem as soon as it was reported to us. We are also in the process of making sure this type of error does not occur again.