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Pensioners hit by 'bedroom tax'

Some pensioners with spare rooms will be hit by reductions in housing benefit under what critics dub the Government's "bedroom tax", the Department of Work and Pensions said. A ComRes poll reveals most of the British public want to delay the tax.

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45% think 'bedroom tax' should be abandoned

A new ComRes poll for The Sunday People reveals that a significant minority of the British public want the so-called 'bedroom tax' to be abandoned.

  • 45% of those interviewed said the benefit cut should be abolished, and David Cameron should think of other ways to save money.
  • Of those interviewed 65% of Labour voters want it to be abolished.

The poll revealed widespread public concern about how the policy would be implemented.

  • Six in ten (60%) of the public say no one should lose housing benefit unless they refuse to move into suitable smaller accomodation
  • More than three quarters (77%) think that Army families should be excluded from paying, if their children are away on tours of duty.

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