Bedroom tax is unfair to poor
I WRITE with reference to the upcoming Welfare Reform Act – namely the 'bedroom tax'.
I have finally received communication from Stoke-on-Trent City Council informing me I need to get in touch to discuss what effect this new tax will have on me from April.
I'm sure I'm not alone with this dilemma but were does one turn?
I live in a two-bedroom flat on the ground floor for health reasons. I do work, albeit to my capabilities, part-time and rely on top up housing benefit to meet my rent.
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From April, not only do I now face finding a further 14 per cent of my rent, which is approximately £10.50 on a weekly rent of £70 but I will also be expected to pay the council's rent increase and any change to the council tax.
I know I'm not alone in thinking 'where am I going to find this extra money each week?
I work for a minimum wage and was offered this flat as being suitable for my needs and understand there is no one-bedroom properties available in this area.
If I choose to take the option of down-sizing it would be away from my family, I will incur travelling expenses to get to work and who is going to take care of my animals?
I understand that anyone over the age of 61 years old will not be affected. The vast majority of these under-occupied homes belong to these people and it is their right that they wish to stay in the homes they no doubt brought their families up in.
The Government has decided on this tax but not given thought to the devastation it will cause.
More astonishingly, the Government has decided to back down on the proposed mansion tax. If the rich can't afford extra taxes then the poor certainly cannot.
I am hoping to start a petition to ta1ke to the Government to try to stop this going ahead. If you wish to back me please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.