‘Perverse’ bedroom tax means £100m disability spending gap – NHF
Disabled and vulnerable people must be exempt from the bedroom tax, the National Housing Federation has told the Government.
Support pledged for those who will be hit by the bedroom tax through the fund for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) has left a gap of over £100m for disabled people.
Around 230,000 disabled people receiving DLA will lose an average of £728 each per year, with the DHP funding totaling just 6% of cuts to housing benefits.
Additionally, 100,000 disabled people who will be hit by the bedroom tax are living in specially adapted homes which means that moving them into different accommodation will still require further funding to make them accessible.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “This perverse tax is doing exactly what the Government promised they wouldn’t – hitting the most vulnerable people in our society. They are being penalised for a weak housing policy that for years has failed to build enough affordable homes and reduce the housing benefit bill.
“The bedroom tax is ill-thought and unfair as thousands of disabled people will have no choice but to cut back further on food and other expenses in order to stay in their own homes. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach takes no account of disabled people’s adapted homes, of foster parents who need rooms to take children in, or of parents sharing custody who will lose the room for their child at weekends.
“It is also incompetent as it will cost the nation money rather than saving it. The Government must repeal this ill-conceived policy, but at the very least right now it must exempt disabled and other vulnerable people from these cuts.”
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