1,512 households to be hit by bedroom taxPosted: February 28, 2013
Figures I have received from Corby Borough Council and East Northants District Council show that over 1,500 households in Corby and East Northamptonshire are going to be hit by the bedroom tax.
The tax, which takes effect in April, will affect households deemed to have spare rooms in their homes. The government hopes this will encourage people to downsize, however there is a clear shortage of smaller accommodation in Corby and East Northamptosnhire.
Corby Borough Council estimate a total of 971 households to be affected. Of these, 239 tenants will be hit by the higher 25% deduction because they are deemed to be under-occupying by 2 or more rooms.
East Northants District Council estimate a total of 541 households to be affected. Of these, 90 tenants will be hit by the higher 25% deduction because they are deemed to be under-occupying by 2 or more rooms.
The bedroom tax is another hit on families in Corby and East Northamptonshire from an out-of-touch government.
Local people are working harder for longer hours, but they’re not seeing their disposable income increase.
So for the government to now take away £21 a week from some families is perverse, heartless and simply plain wrong. This is a large amount of money, especially when we are trying to cope with rising food, energy and transport prices.
The government says it is try to encourage families to downsize, but there simply aren’t enough houses available for people to move into.
Hundreds of families in Corby and East Northamptonshire will have no choice but to take another hit from this government.