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  1. Lets just document the relevant bits of PMQ's yesterday: Derek Twigg: More than 2,500 households in Halton are affected by the bedroom tax. The chief executive of the National Housing Federation said this week: “The bedroom tax is ill-thought and unfair as thousands of disabled people will have no choice but to cut back further on food and other expenses in order to stay in their…homes.” Will the Prime Minister now drop this callous policy? The Prime Minister: Let us be absolutely clear that this is not a tax. Let me explain to the Labour party that a tax is when someone ea
  2. Hi, I'm looking for some advice for my Dad please, about this new poor man's tax. He lives in a 3rd floor, 2 bed flat and received the Bedroom tax letter. As he is 60 years old would he be exempt from this? (Sorry if that seems a silly question, I've no idea about benefits) He had a stroke last year and because of this had to stop his job (carpenter) so has since then been receiving DLA and help with his rent. He has been on the housing list since the stroke, as he has trouble climbing 4 flights of stairs to his home, so would gladly move. Like many people, he is already strugglin
  3. I imagine those in England could also exploit this loophole ! http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/100000-scots-to-cash-in-on-bedroom-tax-loophole.20243112
  4. Alot of people are saying that the new bedroom tax will not effect private tenants? only social, im not effected by this as we have no rooms spare but i know a few who do and are complaining about it all! Can i also ask about DLA, today i got told my 3 year old is being looked into for Speech, mobility and eating and to try and get certain things to help him, we can't afford to! my partner works 60 hours a week and i study full time, im close to leaving my course to try and get a job to help with cost, we dont get HB/CTB just tax credits and partners wages but nursery advised we claim DL
  5. Please can someone simplify all this for me in a way that I will actually understand? UNIVERSAL CREDIT:- If i get Income Support (on grounds of being carer for my disabled son and daughter), I get child tax credits, and also housing benefit, will all the money be added up and just paid as one lump sum each week but to the same value? BEDROOM TAX:- If I am in a private rented accommodation, does this apply to me? Some people say yes and some keep telling me no, its for social housing only?? Also, not in my title, but a few questions. CHILD SUPPORT:- Will my
  6. Hi everyone, could do with some advice on this new bedroom tax please. I am my mum's full time carer and also her DWP Appointee (thanks to Erika). My mum has a multitude of illnesses and disabilities and she is in the ESA Support Group and receives DLA High Rate Care and Mobility as she obviously has care needs during the night, although not every single night. Her night care is shared between my family and my two brothers, depending on their shift patterns and I decide on mum's condition early evening if she needs night care for that particular night. In December 2012 a form came
  7. Some useful information on universal credit, the bedroom tax, discretionary housing payments and a welfare reform calculator to work out if and how this affects you. http://www.jephson.org.uk/index.php/changes-to-benefits Please note that this guide has been produced by Jephson Housing Association for their tenants, so while the user friendly guide is helpful with general information, it only provides links to local authorities where Jephson are located for more specific detail, particularly regarding discretionary payments, which will be extremely limited.
  8. This is a handy link for those affected. http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/benefits_e/benefits_help_if_on_a_low_income_ew/help_with_your_rent_-_housing_benefit/housing_benefit_cuts_for_social_housing_tenants_from_april_2013/housing_benefit_-_bedroom_calculator_for_social_housing_tenants.htm
  9. Has anyone heard about the impending Bedroom Tax for people in receipt of Housing Benefit and living in Social Housing? It is not widely known yet but if you have more bedrooms than the new Welfare Reform Bill says you need, your Housing Benefit will be reduced by 14% for the first bedroom and further reduced for each bedroom after this. If you do not have the child benefit paid to you but share access, residence and custody of your children, this will affect you. Only the parent receiving the child benefit is entitled to full housing benefit. When faced with a shortfall in rent opti
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