WILL the bedroom tax cut under-occupation?
Nick Clegg has insisted that the penalties for the under-occupation of social housing will help to address the shortage of homes in the UK.
Under the government’s penalties for under-occupation of social housing, widely known as the ‘bedroom tax’, working-age social tenants claiming housing benefit who are deemed to have spare rooms will have their payments cut; by 14% for 1 spare bedroom and 25% for 2 spare bedrooms.
Responding to questions in parliament from Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman on Tuesday, the deputy prime minister said: ‘It does not make sense to have a benefits system that continues to support this mismatch between people needing places to live and empty bedrooms, and that is what we are trying to address.’
Ms Harman said the policy will not tackle under-occupation because there are not enough smaller homes for people to move into.
‘This policy will not address the problem of under-occupation unless there are places for people to move to. It is the saving of public money by making people on low incomes worse off,’ she said.
Housing minister Mark Prisk was also quizzed on overcrowding and under-occupation in parliament this week, via a written question from Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary minister Stephen Timms. Prisk responded by saying that tackling under-occupation in the social rented sector would help to cut the 249,000 English households in social housing that are overcrowded.
- Do you believe the ‘bedroom tax’ will cut under-occupation and overcrowding?
- Do you believe the ‘bedroom tax’ will fail, as there are not enough smaller homes for people to move into?
And in the process cause more homelessness?
- Should MPs from distant areas be limited to a single room against expenses?
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