Exeter City Council is the first council to reveal that “a small number” of its tenants are due bedroom tax refunds.
The council has found 31 cases where social housing tenants have been paying the bedroom tax when they shouldn’t have been. This figure represents 4.5% of the council’s 624 residents hit by the tax, reports 24dash.
If this percentage from Exeter was used as a guide for the country as a whole, the figure could be around 29,700 for people in the UK who had been illegally hit by the bedroom tax.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, Exeter’s lead councillor for housing and customer access, said: “We recently established that a very small number of people in Exeter are entitled to more housing benefit than they were receiving. We are continually reviewing and correcting cases where necessary and this is just part of our everyday work. We are confident that we have identified the vast majority of cases through our records but would still ask people to get in touch with us if they feel that they are eligible for a refund.”
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