Happy days for an evil creature: The average cost of the Bedroom Tax has now hit £794 a year [Image: Reuters].

When the State Under-Occupation Charge (“Spare Room Subsidy” – they really think we’re the stupid ones!) was first introduced, the Tories claimed anybody who couldn’t pay should move into a smaller dwelling.

Where are these premises?

They don’t exist, of course.

Most council housing has been sold off and is now in the hands of private landlords, their original buyers having sold them on.

Other social providers have been building properties that are now the wrong size and have no funds to make changes.

And the Conservative Government has done nothing to improve the situation, despite claiming the opposite. Tories want high-priced housing.

It means you struggle to keep a roof over your head and are more … persuadable when they want to exploit you.

Note that the DWP has done nothing apart from make an excuse.

Where’s the promise to solve the problem? It isn’t forthcoming. And so This Writer’s claim is proved correct.

The Bedroom Tax is now costing each victim £66 a year more than Iain Duncan Smith’s department first predicted.

New figures reveal the hated levy costs 442,000 homes £15.27 a week each, up 9% from the original estimate of £14.

That works out at £794 a year, compared to £728 in the official impact assessment dated 2013/14.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) blamed the difference on rent rises over the past two years – but Labour said it proved once again why the tax should be scrapped.

Source: The Bedroom Tax is now costing victims £66 more than the DWP first predicted – Mirror Online

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