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    People affected by the bedroom tax have reported experiencing stress, anxiety, hunger, ill-health and depression.

    A study published in the Journal of Public Health has found that worries around debt, rent and arrears and the prospect of being moved from their family home has produces a sense of “hopelessness verging on desperation”.  Tenants reported being trapped in a “vicious cycle” of loneliness and isolation, reports the Guardian. 

    The study has concluded that the bedroom tax has “increased poverty and had broad-ranging adverse effects on health, wellbeing and social relationships”, despite the government’s assertion that the policy would have no negative impact on health and wellbeing.

    The study, by University of Newcastle academics and local public health officials, interviewed 38 social housing tenants and 12 local housing agencies, public services and charities. It states: “Worries about potential re-location, not being able to provide healthy food for themselves or their children, living in inadequately heated homes and spiralling rent arrears contributed to mental health problems. All participants reported feelings of stress, many recounted symptoms of anxiety and depression, and service providers observed that these were widespread throughout the community.”

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    March 16, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Government And Reforms

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