Thursday, 9 January 2014

Insensitive and Cruel - Bedroom tax

A family who lost their 11-year-old son a year ago have been told to move house or face an 'Under Occupation Penalty' of £13 a week. Labour's shadow minister for Welfare Reform, Chris Bryant MP, said: "This just goes to show the insensitivity and cruelty at the heart of the bedroom tax.” A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Housing Association said: “We understand Mrs Chapman's concerns and we are committed to assisting all our residents who are affected by the Government's welfare reforms.” Separately, the Independent reports that under the Universal Credit Scheme, the grace period for grieving families facing under occupancy penalties will be reduced from 52 weeks to three months. The Independent

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