Housing benefit claimants in Bedford are the worst hit by cuts
- 29 Dec
The bedroom tax has affected more housing benefit claimants in Bedford than anywhere else in the country.
Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions has found that in August this year 641 claimants in Bedford had their housing benefit cut, compared to 427 in North East Bedfordshire and 268 in mid-Bedfordshire, reports the Bedfordshire News.
Bedford MP Richard Fuller voted against the motion to remove the spare bedroom subsidy. Mr Fuller said: "It is important to consider why the reduction in spare room subsidy has been put in place. It ensures that people receiving housing benefit are treated the same, whether they rented from a private landlord or a social housing association. The spare room subsidy had been removed by a previous government for private rented tenants so this government has now in effect made the rules the same for social housing renters. This policy helps make better use of the housing we have available."
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