Most people in the social housing sector will be aware of the controversial Bedroom Tax plans. If you aren’t aware, ‘Bedroom Tax’ is the government’s plans to tax families which under occupy their homes. In other words tenants will be forced to pay tax for their extra rooms even if this means two children who have their own rooms currently have to share. As expected there has been a backlash which suggests there should be exemptions made and rightly so is the opinion of many. The exemptions include the below.
• disabled people who rely on local family and support networks
• disabled children who need care during the night and cannot share with a sibling
• war widows
• families who foster children who for benefit purposes do not count as part of the household
The question of issue in this blog is should people be forced to pay at all or is it acceptable with the proposed exemptions.