The effects of bedroom tax in Wales

  • The effect bedroom tax is having in Wales

    Research undertaken by the Freedom of Information Act by Plaid Cymru have discovered that 12 councils out of 22 surveyed saw that the number of DHP applications received in April and May this year surpassed the figures for the same period in 2012/13.

    Jocelyn Davies, Plaid Cymru's shadow housing minister said: ‘These figures reveal the true impact of the United Kingdom coalition government's policies on social housing tenants. They are hitting vulnerable people hard. It is clear that many people have turned to local authorities for top up help with their housing costs after seeing their benefit cut.'

    Inside Housing highlighted that English councils recived over 13,272 extra DHP applications within the first month of the bedroom tax. Whilst not all of these extra applications can be due to bedroom tax alone, it is a good guess that the majority of them will boil down to the cuts bedroom tax has made on people's payments.

    With the Department for Work and Pensions announcing a £35m increase to the DHP pot, there is now £185m available to help people with their housing costs overall, with £60m reserved for the bedroom tax.

     

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