Cuts Scene Investigation: The Bedroom Tax Explained

A plain English guide on how the Bedroom Tax ‘works’

Wellington Parade, Dukinfield
Tenants in Housing Association and former municipal housing stock claiming Housing Benefit will be hit by the bedroom tax. Seen here is the southern end of Wellington Parade, which runs through the middle of Dukinfield Central housing estate.

From Easter Monday [01 April] this year, there will be fundamental changes made to Housing Benefit. Tenants in social housing will be deducted 14% or 25% from their Housing Benefit if they have one or more spare bedrooms. Dubbed as the ‘Bedroom Tax’, this would not only hit tenants in the pocket, but also in other ways, such as their right to affordable housing or stable family life. In a nutshell, the Bedroom Tax is a Mansion Tax for the poor! Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: The Bedroom Tax Explained”

Cuts Scene Investigation: How Housing Benefit Reforms Will Affect Tameside Residents

An East of the M60 Exclusive Report

Fleet Street, Ashton-under-Lyne
Photograph by Gene Hunt (Creative Commons Attribution License)

The Tameside area has a wide range of former council housing stock and properties owned by housing associations. Much of it was inherited from the pre-1974 Borough, Rural and Urban District Councils. In the borough, its two main players are New Charter Housing Trust and Ashton Pioneer Homes, whom inherited Tameside MBC’s housing in 1999. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: How Housing Benefit Reforms Will Affect Tameside Residents”