Charities call for people with Disabilities to be exempt from Bedroom Tax
- 05 Apr
Six charities have joined together to appeal to the Chancellor to exempt disabled adults from bedroom tax.
They are demanding that the convernment consider the exemption as disabled adults are facing a financial penalty when they cannot avoid using a separate room or have specialised homes.
The bedroom tax, introduced on 1st April, has received endless criticism for the way it will affect many different groups of people.
A few exemptions have already been announced, such as foster carers are permitted one spare room.
The chief executive officers of Carers UK, Carer Trust, Disability Rights UK, Contact and Family, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mencap have all signed a letter to the Chancellor, in the hope that this may influence the Government to change the new policy.
The charities expressed their fears that disabled people's social networks will suffer from the impact of the bedroom tax, if it results in them being forced to move out of their current accommodation.
In the letter, it was argued that:
Whilst we welcomed the provision which exempts disabled people who needed a spare room for someone to stay overnight to look after them, this does not apply to carers who live with the people they care for.
For example where one member of a couple has a disability and the couple cannot sleep in the same room.
Unless disabled people and their families are protected, those affected face financial hardship or being forced to move - putting at risking their health and moving them away from their personal networks of support and out of homes adapted for their needs.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation said:
This perverse tax is doing exactly what the Government promised they wouldn't - hitting the most vulnerable people in our society.
They are being penalised for a weak housing policy that for years has failed to build enough affordable homes and reduce the housing benefit bill.
Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK said:
These changes would hit families for whom an extra bedroom is essential. If you care full-time for a severely ill or disabled partner, their condition may mean a separate room for you to sleep is vital.
Hitting carers and disabled people with extra costs for this essential accommodation, or forcing them to move is simply wrong.
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