Bedroom tax statistics questioned by Iain Duncan Smith
- 15 Aug
The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has questioned statistics which reveal two-thirds of tenants hit by the bedroom tax have disabilities.
Mr Duncan Smith said there is "no check" on the figures which are based on tenants' "self-declaration", reports Inside Housing.
The figure has derived from an impact equality assessment that has been carried out by the minister's own department and has been used by Labour as a means to attack the government over the policy.
In a radio interview, Mr Duncan Smith said a third of tenants are receipt of disability living allowance (DLA)
"The figures you use are figures used for people's self-declaration of their disability under the Disability Discrimination Act," he told LBC Radio.
"The fact is all social housing has exactly the same figures. This isn't just people with spare rooms. The whole of the social housing network, two-thirds of them declare as having some form of disability. I'm not saying they're right or they're wrong. I simply say that's their declaration. There's no ongoing check. About a third are in receipt of something like DLA, which of itself is a payment to support housing costs."
Meanwhile, Kirklees Council announced it would appeal a bedroom tax tribunal ruling to the upper tier tribunal.
The council lost a claim from a couple with disabilities who said the benefit cut should not apply to their two bedroom home.
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