Bare Facts (was babybear3333)

A (usually) lighthearted and amusing outlook on the real happenings (and vivid imagination) in the day to day life of a walking disaster area/accident waiting to happen/prone to 'blonde' moments 40 something single female...:)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The dreaded 'Bedroom Tax' rears it's ugly head again...



I was going to post this on an obscure 'news' site but thought it better here because I don't like to waste words...

The Welsh Assembly (Scotland and Northern Ireland equivalent), and, indeed, Westminster, in my view, are feeding private landlords' greed again...

All politicians should bow their heads in shame...

They should keep their heads bowed for the travesty they are continuing in the social housing sector knowing full well even if there were properties available it would cost far more for horrendously sub standard housing that private landlords can kick out tenants after only six months (if they're lucky):

"Unfortunately there is a glaring pink elephant in the room...

Social tenants affected adversely by the 'bedroom tax', particularly the most vulnerable, face yet another bill of between £14 and £23 per week (over £60 -  £100 per month out of the already MINIMUM the LAW says they need to live on).

It has been proved time and again that there simply are no suitable properties for those affected to move to.

Purely as an example, I moved 4 years and 9 months ago at the specific approach and request of another tenant with the same housing association, not at all expecting to become severely ill and permanently disabled 7 months later...

The move cost over £3000 just in removal expenses and flooring. My home has been substantially adapted at great cost to the Welsh Assembly yet I face again another 'fight' for DHP (Discretionary Housing Payment) which I 'won' last year due to health grounds.

For myself, and I'm sure everyone affected, the stress, anxiety, uncertainty etc. is horrible.

I thought last year that I would feel safe and secure, even 'settled'. That isn't the case".

Even a year; I really do know how fortunate I was to get that; is not enough...

When the 'occupancy' rules were brought in for private tenants all existing tenants were protected. Anyone moving to private rentals after that date knew exactly where they stood...

Social tenants should, at the very least, be afforded that consideration.

There will always be exceptions, not least people needing an extra room for genuine reasons, but, for goodness sake, give the rest of us with no option the same chance as was given to private tenants...xxx

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