New housing development to help victims of the bedroom tax
- 03 Jul
Developers say that two new housing schemes in Merseyside are helping families who have been hit by the bedroom tax.
The 62 two-bed homes development have been developed to meet the rise in demand for smaller properties to prevent people losing benefits due to the under-occupancy charge.
Social landlords Cobalt Housing, Liverpool Housing Trust and Beechwood Ballantyne Community Housing Association - all part of Symphony Housing Group - are behind the schemes, which are worth a combined £6.5 million, reports 24dash.
Symphony Housing Group's deputy chief executive, John Burt, said: "These new properties are helping to significantly regenerate our neighbourhoods and support customers affected by the government's bedroom tax. While this is positive news for some tenants, many more are affected by welfare reform and there remains a severe shortage of smaller homes for them to downsize into. We think the bedroom tax is unfair and, alongside other housing associations, we continue to lobby against it and urge the government to think again."
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