‘Bedroom tax’ forcing housing association tenants “to live in fear”

Housing association tenants hit by the so-called bedroom tax are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating, according to new research published by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the National Housing Federation.

The survey found that nearly a third (32 per cent) of people affected by the bedroom tax had cut back on food and more than a quarter (26 per cent) had cut back on heating as a result of the measure. Furthermore, nearly half (46 per cent) of those affected needed to borrow money to help pay their rent since April 2013, which was when the ‘bedroom tax’ was implemented.

National Housing Federation chief executive David Orr said that:

                                    “People stung by the bedroom tax are being forced to make difficult choices on which bills to pay and which essentials to go without. They are living in fear that they will lose their homes and have resorted to borrowing from friends and family to try and get by.”

He also called for the policy that “fails on every level” to be abolished.

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