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Rent Scheme | Lord Palmer criticises bedroom tax

Lord Freud said at question time in the House of Lords that the Government did not accept the changes would necessarily lead to increased homelessness, but housing benefit claimants would “have to make the same choices about affordability as those not on benefits”. But Lord Freud said the availability of private..

Lord Palmer warns Parliament that the bedroom tax would lead to some people facing unaffordable rent prices.

The Government’s so-called bedroom tax has come under fire from a leading Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords.
Lord Palmer of Childs Hill said the scheme may be acceptable on paper but would lead to some people facing unaffordable increases in their rent.
Under the Government’s proposals, people in social housing will receive a cut in housing benefit where they are deemed to have spare bedrooms.
Lord Palmer highlighted the effect on someone living in the ward he represents on Barnet Council.
“One person who is in a two bedroom flat in a high rise block and because of the changes will have to pay an extra £14.50 per week from the beginning of April out of a very small amount of benefits they receive and this applies to people with low working wages as well,” he said.. – Source

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