Iain Duncan Smith was the architect of the hated Bedroom Tax [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].

Iain Duncan Smith was the architect of the hated Bedroom Tax [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].

The Bedroom Tax has already led to many suicides of people who could not afford to pay their rent and could not bear to be made homeless.

Now the Conservative government has admitted that 57,485 households are behind with their rent because of the benefit cut.

And another 24,000 are in arrears because of Universal Credit or the benefit cap – both imposed by the Conservatives.

The Tories aren’t brave enough to admit these facts openly – they hid the evidence in their English Housing Survey for 2014/15 – a document containing figures that are more than a year old.

Who knows how much worse the situation has become since?

One certainty is that Theresa May’s new version of Conservatism couldn’t care less – just like the last version.

Tories call it “culling the stock”.

More than 57,000 people fell behind on their rent in just one year after being hit by the Bedroom Tax, damning new figures revealed today.

Data buried deep in the government’s 2014/15 English Housing Survey shows the vast toll of people hit by Iain Duncan Smith’s most controversial policy.

When the survey was taken 364,000 households in social housing were in rent arrears. Another 348,000 had been behind on rent in the previous year.

Among those, 22% (153,800 households) blamed problems or cuts in their benefits.

And 37% of that group (57,485 households) said they had benefits cut for ‘under-occupying’ their home – the hated bedroom tax.

The report was slipped out in a mountain of more than 300 documents on the day MPs leave Westminster for their six-week summer holiday.

Another 24,000 people in social housing fell behind on rent due to new systems like Universal Credit or the benefits cap.

Figures revealed earlier this year showed the Bedroom Tax is now costing each victim £66 a year more than Iain Duncan Smith’s department first predicted.

The cost to 442,000 home was around £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: Government sneaks out report revealing 57,000 Bedroom Tax victims fell behind on rent – Mirror Online


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