Almost three-quarters of people hit by the Bedroom Tax are sick or disabled

Iain Duncan Smith was the architect of the hated Bedroom Tax.

Was the so-called Bedroom Tax a tool to attack people with long-term illnesses and disabilities?

That seems to be the conclusion we reach from an answer to a Parliamentary question by minister for welfare delivery Will Quince.

He said by April 2019, 240,350 households had been affected by the State Under-Occupation Charge – the penalty inflicted on Housing Benefit claimants who have a spare bedroom.

Of these, a staggering 170,360 households – 71 per cent of the total – included a person in receipt of sickness or disability benefit.

Figures for Universal Credit claimants – whose Housing Benefit is included in the amount they receive under this benefit – were not available.

It seems clear that the penalty disproportionately affects people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities, and we may speculate that this is what it was intended to do.

We know the United Nations has ruled that this discrimination is a “grave and systematic violation” of the human rights of those affected.

And we know that the government has had to re-write the laws governing the bedroom tax, to exempt couples who cannot share a bedroom due to a physical disability and families who need an extra room for a disabled child’s carer.

We are told that the Bedroom Tax, together with other changes to benefits, has left sick and disabled people four times worse-off than their able-bodied equivalents.

And the hardship caused by the withdrawal of 14 per cent of their housing benefit (for one “spare” room; 25 per cent for two) has forced some disabled people to go without food while others went without medicine.

This Site, and others like it, have reported the deaths of a large number of disabled people that may be directly connected to this withdrawal of funds.

The Department for Work and Pensions refuses to admit that there is anything wrong.

But the evidence mounts up further every day.

Source: Disabled people still disproportionally affected by the ‘bedroom tax’

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7 thoughts on “Almost three-quarters of people hit by the Bedroom Tax are sick or disabled

  1. Jeffrey davies

    Rtu ids has been culling the stock from the beginning it’s called aktion t4 remove benefits take cuts to it then just wait for those who can’t take anymore it’s adding up now far far to many have given up but not to worry they still take about in the side rooms of the house of ill repute

  2. hugosmum70

    did i miss it? or was nothing said by him about those who actually LOST their homes and landed up on the streets because of the bedroom tax? it seemed at one point that there was more of those we read about than those struggling to pay the tax so they could stay in their homes.

  3. janet smith

    My hubby gets pip due to his disability and we are in a 3 bed house and have to pay 25% of bedroom tax we asked our local council to get us into a 1 bed property 3 years ago we are still waiting and now we have to choose between food or heating it’s a total joke.

  4. kevin Sowerby.

    I’m disabled i have to pay bedroom tax but I don’t claim disabled benefits yet i have grandchildren if I moved are the Tories telling me they can’t stay over or any of my family.

  5. David corper

    My wife as M S and the council took away our spare bedroom and put a lift in its place that was over two years ago and they are still taking 15 a week bedroom tax it’s unbelievable. Is it legal

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