The Bedroom Tax has only reported about those who are going to be affected by this tax implemented within the next couple of weeks. However has anyone even considered who will benefit from the tax?
Pensioner, Carty feels that on the face of the tax introduction it is a good idea, it is something that needs looking at however is worried that the government has not given enough thought as to the best way to implement it. Alot of areas have been missed out such as disabled and foster carers who make up a huge number of people caught up in this bubble, they havent looked at how they are going to administrate this issue. The government has said they can apply for discretionary housing payment, however these are peoples homes and the DHP is only for 6 months.
The way DHP works is the government pay the excess between the contractual rent and the eligible rent using the Department of Social Development (DSD). However this budget is limited in funds thus can only support an individual for a maximum period of 6 months.
She feels something needs to be done as a person living in a two bedroom house on government funds, when they only need a one-bedroom house, to be asked to pay a little extra is acceptable and perfectly reasonable.
“I worked in a neighbourhood office where I can recall a woman living in a 1-bedroom flat with 10 children and that’s not fair, not right and how can we have a person being paid by the government to chill and relax with her children in a 1-bedroom house. I can also recall coming across a case where a single mother was living in a 4-bedroom flat and her children had grown up and left home, the mother of 10 children would love to have 4-bedrooms – she needs four bedrooms.”
“People’s frustration is understandable” says Carty, having asked to pay a little extra may not be within ones capibilities to pay the excess “so I can understand. However where would you draw the line?” “The rules we lived by 20 years ago worked back then, and things have changed now. Like divorces were taboo in my mother’s era however people splitting up much more so there’s an increase in demand for more housing.”
“People need to distinguish between a want and a need.” the mother living in a 4-bedroom house does not need it and is a luxury itself. Whereas there are some people out there living under difficult circumstances who really and truly will benefit from this change.
“People can feel the pinch already with food and fuel prices increasing and can’t feed themselves, especially if they have children.” The current economic situation is difficult and some may not be able to afford the increased payments and shall be forced to have to be re-homed.
“Politicians don’t live in the real world and don’t feel the things we feel. They go home to their mansions so it easy for them to make changes but do not think it through or think about the the people they are ruling.”
“Next we’ll have the window tax,” says Carty. She feels the government are desperate for cutting budgets that are inventing policies which on the surface are good, however lack of thinking them through has resulted in much destruction to certain individual’s livelihood.
“Even if people under-occupying were willing to move to a smaller home, will not be able to as there are not enough homes to cater for.” As a result she feels people will then be forced to pay these extra costs and eventually will lead to eviction and homelessness.
Homelessness is a serious issue within Britiain. Autum 2012, the estimated total of rough sleepers in England was 2309. This figure looks like it is only going to increase.