Younger women than men to be affected by Bedroom Tax?

Statistics released by the Government indicate that almost twice as many 16 to 24 year old females, than males, are likely to be affected by the Bedroom Tax. 17% of male council tenants in the UK are aged 16 to 24, in comparison to nearly a third of females.

This data from 2011/2012 suggests that young women are likely to be highly affected by the Bedroom Tax policy as of April 2013. It is possible that many more younger females than males live in Local Authority Housing, because of the recent issue of teenage pregnancy. The UK reportedly has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe, with almost 3% of girls aged between 15 and 19 giving birth every year. Therefore, the Bedroom Tax may be forcing vulnerable mothers and innocent babies out of their homes this Spring.

Around 265,000 people live in Local Authority Housing in the UK, with Birmingham having the largest Local Authority by population nationally. This strongly suggests that a large amount of council tenants will be affected by the Bedroom Tax in the region.

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One thought on “Younger women than men to be affected by Bedroom Tax?

  1. Your work on the site is great. Try to keep your language as simple as possible when referring to percentages – chop out numbers where you can so it doesn’t get bogged down by them. I think your angle could be stronger and clearer here by repeating your headline (which should only have a capital on the first word by the way).

    Be careful about terms like ‘targeted by’ – this implies that the targeting is intentional; unless you know that it is intentional, you mean ‘affected by’. ‘Local Authority Housing’ does not need capitalising.

    If you’re talking about “the recent issue of teenage pregnancy” link to an example. Better still, rather than speculate, pick up the phone and find out how many council tenants are teens (I suspect it isn’t many), and try to find data on it too. I understand this may be your next post.

    Now for the science bit:

    When talking about percentages, watch for the difference between “percent” and “percentage points”. For example, 50% is “twice as much” as 25%, but “25 percentage points higher”.

    So “13% more” than 17% is actually 19.2% (17 times 0.13 = 2.2, which is added on to 17 to get 19.2). If you’re talking about the difference between 17% and 30% you have a few options: the simplest would be “almost twice as many”, but you can also make a calculation: 30 divided by 17 gives you 1.76 – this means that 30 is 1.76 times as big as 17, or 0.76 (76%) higher. Or in plainer language, “more than three quarters”.

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