Hundreds of tenants in Flintshire feeling the impact of the bedroom tax
A council report for Flintshire in Wales has found that 660 tenants are affected by the bedroom tax.
Latest figures by the local authority in Flintshire have found that 660 residents are £236,457 in arrears to due the impact of the bedroom tax, reports the Daily Post.
In a report to councillors, chief office for community and enterprise Clare Budden has said: “The impact of welfare reform is well known with the spare room subsidy – commonly known as bedroom tax – affecting Flintshire tenants. There are currently 660 tenants £236,457 in arrears. The levels of arrears indicate that not all arrears are due to the bedroom tax however they must be considered as a contributory factor. Assistance for these tenants is being pro-actively progressed. The allocations policy gives priority to those affected by the spare room subsidy. The policy can reduce priority for applicants who have arrears and are not maintaining a satisfactory arrangement to repay the debt. It disregards arrears of £1,000 for a single tenant and £2,000 per couple. Spare room subsidy cases are assessed on an individual basis and where there are arrears accrued before the spare room subsidy, the income team will contribute to the decisions around reducing.”
The report also shows six evictions have occurred this year due to persistent failure to pay rent.
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