The Welfare Reform Act, (“the Bedroom Tax”), which comes into force in April 2013, will see the government cut housing benefit for people with a spare room in their social or council let home.
Independent analysis has shown that the Bedroom Tax will hit 660,000 households around the country, two thirds of them home to someone with a disability.
New data from the National Housing Federation shows that an estimated 855 people in the Tooting constituency will be hit by the Government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’.
It is further estimated that the measure will cost an estimated 30,000 people £780 per year across the South West of England.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in Tooting already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing local tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents and covering the cost of driving people out of their homes.
“Many of my constituents have contacted me to say they will be hit by the tax; most of whom are the most vulnerable in our community.
“The families of young serviceman away from home to serve will also be affected as will foster families– even if they have foster children in their ‘spare room’.
“From next month, 13,000 millionaires are getting a tax cut worth £100,000 a year on average while over 600,000 armed forces families, disabled people and foster carers have to find £728 a year to pay a new bedroom tax.
“The plan is such a shambles that someone who's been to prison on a short sentence won't have to pay. How unfair is that? Millionaires and prisoners are looked after but vulnerable people, carers and armed forces families in Tooting get hit.
“This isn’t about tough choices; it’s about the wrong choices.”