Bedroom tax

Town hall rich list branded 'inane and distasteful'


Attempts to criticise local government salaries have been branded as ‘both inane and distasteful' by chief executives’ body Solace.

Families win landmark court ruling over ‘discriminatory’ bedroom tax


Two families have successfully argued that cuts to their housing benefit due to the government’s controversial bedroom tax is unfair.

‘Bedroom tax’ causing children 'emotional distress and affecting education'


The effects of benefit cuts—in particular, the ‘bedroom tax’—are causing children emotional distress and affecting concentration at school, according to a new study.

Welfare reforms could hinder innovation warns report


Cuts to welfare funding will put pressure on local authorities to support vulnerable people and deliver efficiency plans, new research is warning.

Labour to scrap ‘bedroom tax’ on day one, says Miliband


Scrapping the 'bedroom tax' would be the first act of a new Labour government, Ed Miliband has pledged.

Bedroom tax policy ruled ‘unlawful’ in landmark case


A disabled couple have successfully challenged a council’s bedroom tax policy, in a legal case that could have ‘significant consequences’ for the rest of the county.

Labour planning to retain Coalition’s council tax rise cap


Council tax caps could remain in place if Labour takes power in the General Election, the party’s local government secretary has revealed.

‘Inhumane’ bedroom tax leaving people hungry warns academics


A new study is warning that people affected by the bedroom tax are struggling to buy food or heat their homes.

Clegg faces call to scrap bedroom tax


Bedroom tax for existing social housing tenants should be scrapped, according to calls from grassroots Liberal Democrats.

Migrant populations rises in every council area, research finds


England’s migrant population has increased by more than half a million people in the past three years, new research is showing.

Cuts to council tax support will get ‘broader and deeper’


A new report warns 270,000 low income families affected by the ‘Bedroom Tax’ have also been hit by cuts in council tax support (CTS).

‘Bedroom tax’ families face £3,800 bill if policy continues, figures reveal


Families hit by the ‘bedroom tax’ would have to foot a further £3,800 bill if the policy is continued over the next Parliament, figures suggest.

Councils in Wales urged to bolster support for tenants as welfare reforms hit home


Welfare reforms have hit tenants in Wales the hardest and social landlords are struggling to cope with the fallout, a public spending watchdog has warned.

Scottish councils given extra £241m in funding settlement


Scottish councils have been handed an additional £241m this year to support young children and lessen the impact of the 'bedroom tax'.

Report: bedroom tax widens north-south divide


The bedroom tax has hit council tenants in the north of England far harder than those in London, research has revealed.

Report calls for creation of a Local Government Digital Service


The creation of a Local Government Digital Service (LGDS) and the expansion of free WiFi across public spaces are among the key proposals in a new report.

Suicide victim was worried about ‘bedroom tax’, coroner finds


A woman who committed suicide last year was suffering from ‘considerable anxiety and stress’ thanks to the ‘bedroom tax’, a coroner has ruled.

Council bans man from city centre for two years


A man with a history of violence and aggression has been banned from the whole of Plymouth city centre for two years.

‘Bedroom tax’ report exposes ‘damage wreaked’ on tenants


Almost 60% of tenants hit by the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ are struggling to pay additional rent, according to an official report.

Councils failing to allocate welfare support funds


Local authorities failed to pay out more than £20m to people affected by welfare reforms, according to figures released by the Government.

Survey shows tenants struggling to cope with bedroom tax


More than half (55%) of council tenants affected by the bedroom tax are now in rent arrears, according to new research.

Federation calls for bedroom tax abolition


The ‘disastrous’ bedroom tax is pushing households into debt and fear of eviction, the National Housing Federation has warned.

Shapps faces embarrassment over bedroom tax


Tory party chairman Grant Shapps faced embarrassment when his own Conservative council used the term ?bedroom tax? in a leaflet.

Scottish Government urged to write off bedroom tax arrears


MPs have urged the Scottish government to provide funding to enable every local authority to refund those hit by the bedroom tax.

Welfare reform causing 'distress' to vulnerable people, MPs warn


Coalition welfare reforms are causing 'severe financial hardship and distress' to vulnerable people who are unable to adapt, MPs have warned.

Some 6% of social tenants hit by ‘bedroom tax’ move house


Only 6% of housing benefit recipients affected by the ‘bedroom tax’ have moved residence since reforms were introduced last year, figures suggest.

‘Legacy of recession’ increasing housing debt, says charity


The number of people seeking help from Citizens Advice over social housing rent arrears increased by 10% last year.

Cancel out ‘bedroom tax’ for previous years, MPs tell Scotland


Scottish Government action to negate the ‘cruel’ effects of the ‘bedroom tax’ has been branded ‘inadequate’ by a committee of MPs.

Court upholds lawful ruling on 'bedroom tax'


Five disabled housing tenants have failed in their bid to have the 'bedroom tax' deemed unlawful in the Court of Appeal.

Cameron’s benefits cuts to blame for foodbank ‘crisis’, bishops say


Christian leaders have blamed the UK’s foodbank ‘crisis’ on government welfare reforms and benefits cutbacks.

Some 7k Scottish homes given emergency ‘bedroom tax’ support in December


Nearly 7,000 Scottish households affected by the ‘bedroom tax’ reached out for emergency support last December, figures reveal.

Report: Calm before the welfare reform storm


There is ‘calm before the storm’ as the impact of the Welfare Reform Act threatens to grow, a report has found.

Survey shows one in seven at risk of eviction due to bedroom tax


Two-thirds of households affected by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears, with one in seven at risk of eviction, according to new research from the National Housing Federation.

Welsh Government makes further push for ‘bedroom tax’ exemptions


Wales has renewed calls for ‘bedroom tax’ exemptions, while announcing a further £1.3m of funding to support those affected.

Ministers attack UN report calling for suspension of ‘bedroom tax’


A UN report calling for the postponement and reassessment of the ‘bedroom tax’ has been criticised by government departments for being ‘inaccurate’.

Abolish ‘inhumane’ bedroom tax, MSPs say


A Scottish Parliamentary committee has called for abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’, describing the levy as ‘iniquitous and inhumane’.

LocalGov writer wins '30 To Watch' award for bedroom tax coverage


Deputy editor of Local Government News and LocalGov, Thomas Bridge, has been named in the MHP '30 To Watch' list 2014.

Scottish councils give over 45,500 households emergency housing money


Local authorities in Scotland provided emergency cash to over 45,500 households struggling with the impact of the bedroom tax, according to new figures.

Thousands hit by bedroom tax error


Thousands of social housing tenants could have been incorrectly affected by the ‘bedroom tax’ thanks to a policy error.

Carers hit by bedroom tax


Around 60,000 households affected by the bedroom tax are carers, the minister for disabled people has revealed.

Variation in bedroom tax payments revealed


People hit by the bedroom tax in different parts of England have wildly varying chances of receiving Government help, a new survey has found.

What is the ‘bedroom tax’?


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Charities call for bedroom tax exemption


The Government should take ‘immediate action’ to exempt disabled people, their families and carers from the bedroom tax, a national coalition of more than 50 charities has said.

Labour loses vote to scrap bedroom tax


A Labour motion to abolish the 'bedroom tax' has been defeated by only 26 votes in the House of Commons.

Bedroom tax hitting disabled say Westminster Labour Group


Over 60% of those affected by the bedroom tax in Westminster are disabled, according to figures released by Labour councillors.

UN wades into bedroom tax row


A United Nations official has refused to back down over criticism of the so-called bedroom tax after calls from Tory chairman Grant Shapps for her to apologise.

Bristol considers lifting ban on evicting tenants due to bedroom tax arrears


The ban on evicting tenants due to ‘bedroom tax’ arrears in Bristol should be lifted as it is unsustainable, a new report has recommended.

Bathroom ploy used to get around bedroom tax rules


A Merseyside social landlord is set to convert bedrooms into bathrooms to protect its residents from the impact Discretionary Housing Payment reforms – otherwise known as the ‘bedroom tax’.

Losing sleep over the bedroom tax ruling


Local authority interest in this week’s High Court judgment in the ‘bedroom tax’ case will be high among politicians, lawyers and academics.

Bedroom tax boosting number of council call staff


Councils are boosting the number of call centre advisors being hired, due to increased enquiries about the bedroom tax, according to the latest recruitment trends in local government.

Bedroom tax devastating North West, study suggests


The bedroom tax is devastating one of the poorest areas of the UK and failing to free up social housing, a report finds.

'Bedroom tax' councils could lose HB subsidies, Lord Freud warns


Housing Benefit subsidies could be axed for councils trying to get around ‘bedroom tax’ by re-designating properties without rent cuts.

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