‘Pre-1996' bedroom tax exemptions have been dramatically underestimated
- 07 Feb
Figures published by local authorities show that exemptions due to the ‘pre-1996' clause have been dramatically underestimated by the DWP.
According to the DWP "less than 5,000" residents nationally have been affected by the oversight, however Liverpool City Council revealed 1,600 residents are eligible for refunds while Wigan council put their figure at 350. Earlier in the week Birmingham City Council announced 2,000, people are due refunds, Sheffield 500 Wirral 600 and Westminster 124.
The total figure from these six councils equals 4,824 residents exempt and dozens more local authorities are set to reveal details for their areas, reports 24dash.
Joe Halewood, a benefits expert, estimated that 40,000 residents would be entitled to refunds; however he says he may have underestimated the figure.
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