Bedroom Tax – Bristol

Good news in the fight against Iain Duncan Smith’s PERVERSE bedroom tax, it is being reported that Bristol City Council in an agreement between all of the major parties and the city’s Mayor George Ferguson have apparently voted not to evict those adversely affected by this draconian cut in housing benefit. The mayor has apparently also agreed to look at reviewing the definition of a bedroom to reclassify such things as box rooms, downstairs rooms and downstairs bedrooms hopefully with a view of taking them out with the critical definition which triggers Duncan Smith’s social attack. If true this is an important step forward. It is still important however that those affected get out and make themselves heard.

More news on this story here.

Please note this post is not an endorsement of the policies or activities of the Socialist Party who (along with all other parties) I do not support.

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2 Responses to Bedroom Tax – Bristol

  1. I’m afraid there is about all this the whiff of those who have, passing sterner judgement upon those who have not. It is time for people to be recognised as individuals who do NOT fit into little boxes for civil servants to tick.

    There has been abuse, but that applies across the board. There is no room for complacency among politicians of any political persuasion when we remember all their bleating about not everyone being guilty of breaking the rules – and that most of them were honest and above board. We all know how that all ended.

  2. sockfiddler says:

    The Disabled Children’s Council persuaded the government (at national – not local – level) to relax the bedroom limit for families who have a disabled child who requires a bedroom to themselves (e.g. two same-gendered siblings under 10, where one has ASD and the other does not. Under the new guidelines, they would have had to share no matter the impact upon the family).

    However, though this has been overturned and is a massive relief for many families with disabled children, front-line staff advising new and re-applicants remain unaware of the new ruling for families with disabled children, leading to misinformation, a reliance upon already stretched 3rd sector groups and families misunderstanding what their new responsibilities are.

    Couple with the fact that the Disabled Children’s Council was only able to secure the new terms for children up to 18 (and many disabled children remain at home well into their adult lives), the “victory” only goes so far.

    While families can no longer be evicted, they can still be over-charged if they receive housing benefit) and are unlikely to have their housing needs met if they are new to the system, applying for housing benefit for the first time.

    There’s still lots of work to do.