Bedroom Tax is Once Again In The Public Eye Because Lib Dems Withdraw Support.
Nick Clegg denies the call for a reform of the ‘Bedroom Tax’ is a u-turn, with the coalition partners set for a bruising battle.
The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn support for the so-called “bedroom tax” setting up a showdown with the Conservatives and sparking questions over credibility.Tags: bedroom tax, government, Nick Clegg
Welfare Reforms Will Make Benefits Fairer. New rules on housing benefit come into effect as the Government begins the biggest shake-up in the history of the Welfare State.
The Government is beginning the biggest shake-up in the history of the Welfare State with the introduction of a raft of reforms which it says will make the benefits system “fairer”.
Chancellor George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith have dismissed criticism that they say makes the shake-up sound like “the beginning of the end of the world”.
Benefit changes Come into effect From 1 April 2013
Some changes to benefits have already been made, but further changes are coming. You could be affected by changes being made under the Welfare Reform act.
New benefit rules will apply from 1 April 2013.
The new duty will plunge Britons into poverty, including members of the armed forces, the disabled and elderly.
The new law, so-called “bedroom tax” will be imposed from April by the Guvernment.
All social housing tenants of working-age will have their housing benefit docked if they are judged to have a spare bedroom. For 670,000 households already struggling to pay bills and rent while feeding themselves or their children, that means losing an average of £14 a week, and up to £80 a month. Misery awaits.
The policy has two stated aims: firstly, to bring down the housing benefits bill; secondly, to free up under-occupied social housing to help overcrowded families. The Government is absolutely right to argue that £21bn worth of taxpayers’ money is wasted on housing benefit. But it is paid out because our economy is blighted by a combination of high unemployment and underemployment, low wages and excessive rents, leaving large sections of the population unable to afford their housing costs. A huge chunk of housing benefit has become a subsidy for private landlords who scrounge off the taxpayer, knowing they can charge extortionate rents and the state will pick up the tab. Controlling rents – as in Germany – would be a more effective and humane way of reducing the bill.