Rural communities hit hardest by bedroom tax says campaigners
Campaigners say that rural communities such as East Cambridgeshire are being hit hardest by the bedroom tax.
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is calling for the Government to remove the charge in settlements of fewer than 3,000 people as a minimum.
The charity maintains that a shortage of one and two-bedroom homes in the countryside means rural tenants have no choice but to move into towns and cities or fall into debt if they cannot make up the rent shortfall, reports Ely news.
Kirsten Bennett, chief executive of Cambridgeshire ACRE, said: “These findings were inevitable. The ‘bedroom tax’ takes no account of the challenges rural tenants face. Those who stayed put and tried to make up the shortfall were already at a disadvantage. Research shows it costs £2,800 a year more to live in the countryside than it does in a city and this tax has impacted on those already struggling with the high cost of living in rural areas. The under-occupation charge is not a sustainable policy. We are backing ACRE’s call to the Government to exclude settlements of fewer than 3,000 people as a minimum from this unfair tax on some of the most vulnerable people in rural communities.”
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