Backdoor Bedroom Tax is first volley in the Tories’ new attack on pensioners

Remember how This Site has been saying the Tories are lining pensioners up to be the next targets in their “divide and rule” strategy for the UK? Here’s the first attack – and they haven’t even got the guts to announce it.

Instead, the Conservatives will sneak the introduction of the Bedroom Tax for pensioners through the back door.

How will this affect the massive £20 per week more than working-age people that pensioners have to support them is unknown as yet.

Currently, the pensioner/pensioner couple in social housing is exempt from the bedroom tax and thus has the full housing benefit paid if they live in a 3 bed property and thus the state pays for two spare bedrooms.

Yet the pensioner / pensioner couple living in the private rented sector has their housing benefit pegged to the 1 bed LHA rate and thus the state does NOT pay for spare bedrooms (unless the 1 bed LHA rate covers the 3 bed PRS rent level which it can in some areas).

Hence on the surface the pensioner living in the private rented sector is discriminated against as in all but a minority of cases and in a small minority of areas they are not allowed paid spare bedrooms which the pensioner in social housing is allowed.

Strangely, the Tories have never explained this anomaly and have only said the SRS pensioner should not be charged the bedroom tax. Yet that is about to change when the LHA Maxima policy comes in as the SRS pensioner will be limited to the LHA rate in general needs or mainstream housing.

Initially the LHA Maxima will only apply from 2019 and to new SRS pensioner tenants from 2016 yet once Universal Credit is fully rolled out it will apply to all SRS pensioner households.

Source: Pensioners to face £400 million + cut per year in bedroom tax

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