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Bedroom Tax will penalise disabled children

Doctors have now raised their disgust on the “astounding” Bedroom Tax as it will affect the lives of children with disabilities.

Families that have a spare room in order to take care of their disabled child’s needs with be forced to pay the tax for the extra bed. As some families will not be able to support this tax, the disabled child will be forced to share a room with his/her other siblings or family members.

Doctors have argued that the implications of this new welfare reform are ‘ludicrous’, ‘unfair’, and ‘appalling’.

They believe that forcing siblings to share with their disabled other may cause family ties to break and cause a lot of extra pressure on the parents.

“Children with significant disabilities have many medical problems and particularly at night, many have mobility problems, many have epilepsy and seizures can be particularly troublesome at night.”

“For all these medical reasons disabled children often have discomfort during the night and they need much care and attention from their parents and that would be highly disruptive for any brother or sister that had to share the bedroom with them.”

To read on the case study on a disabled child that will be affected by The Bedroom Tax, click here.

 
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Welfare secretary Iain Duncan orders officials to ‘look again’ at The Bedroom Tax

Mr. Duncan Smith  has asked for officials to look over The Bedroom Tax after finding out the extent on who will be affected.

He notified the public’s anger towards the tax after receiving an open letter written to himself and Chancellor George Osborne from seven different charities these were:  Carers UK, MS Society, Mencap, Macmillan Cancer Support, Disability Rights UK, Carers Trust and Contact a Family.

Helena Herklot, the Chief Executive of Carers UK explained how the extra bedroom that families currently have, are essential.

The government aimed to protect The Bedroom Tax by creating the ‘discretionary payment’ however this will only be protecting 10% of disabled occupants.

Libby Drake who will also be affected by the tax, states

“Taking money from those most in need is not the way forward, although it will certainly rat out those who cheat the system (those that do manage to pay and still live comfortably) those who genuinely need the help like the sick and disabled will be massively effected in a negative way.”

If a solution is found before April then The Bedroom Tax may not affect as many people to the extent it will be now. According to the governments ‘size criteria’ family members will be accessed on whether all of their rooms are necessary or whether they will be charged.

Mental health services will suffer an increase due to stress of ‘spare room’ tax

Twitter page @WOWpetition chat offers support and sources advice for those suffering from depression and epilepsy. The forum was tweeted by @bettypeck regarding The Bedroom Tax, stating how her

“mental stress is like torture, no matter who I phone or talk to, no one knows and asks me for info”

People suffering the ‘unseen’ disabilities such as anxiety, depression or any other mental health problem will suffer from the bedroom tax. Sufferers will have created a safe surrounding area within their homes and community around them.

Having to move due to the 14% spare bedroom cuts will cause them a lot of stress and aggravation as change for sufferers can be unmanageable and may therefore push them into suicide.

Wheelchair bound Janice Martin, is said to have felt ‘suicidal’ after fearing that she will loose her home due to The Bedroom Tax. This case study was raised in the house of commons just recently resulting to David Cameron claiming to put the needs of the disabled before others.

Janice suffers from osteoporosis, her house is catered towards her needs so losing her house will be cause a lot of trauma. She states:

“I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow to see how this is affecting my mental health. There must be thousands of others in the same position.”

 MP Clarke is a lifelong campaigner on disability, he challenged David Cameron with the following statement;

“Would he agree to put the needs of disabled people first and revisit what is turning out for hundreds and thousands of disabled people and their families to be a disastrous policy.”  

 

The accusation was returned by David Cameron s plan to offer discretionary payments despite them only protecting 10% of those with disabilities. For more information on this particular case study on Janice Martin, click here.

 

Prisoners will escape The Bedroom Tax as armed forces get charged

The government are not counting jailed members as part of the £14 a week extra room charge.

50,000 criminals will be exempt from the tax for up to 6 months whereas 96,000 members of the armed forces will lose out.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne said:

“This government is so incompetent it is hammering soldiers but protecting prisoners.”

Jim Murphy, the Labour defence spokesman argues

The affect on soldiers from The Bedroom Tax is a metaphor of attacking our own patriotism. He argues:

“If you choose to serve you should be rewarded not penalised. Service families and parents or partners of Regulars or Reservists could be hit because their loved ones choose to defend our country. Mandatory training or deployments overseas could mean families having to move house or pay more. That is not right and people will wonder whether the Government has got its priorities straight”

Their is a lot of controversy surrounding this issue and families of military forces are fuming;

“No soldier should be penalised, especially as said before, they are deployed by the government in the 1st place.”

Case study on military forces affected by the tax

An army mother of twins Aaron and Anas El Hamri is worried that when her sons return for serving in Afghanistan, they will be homeless. As the twins will be sent off for 6 months at a time, Mother, Alison Huggans will be penalised for the bedroom tax. Anas argues;

“Taking away my house makes me think, ‘what are I serving my country for?’”

For more information click on the link.

 

I will be evicted and will lose the house, the children, and my job

Separated parents will lose the chance to see their children due to The Bedroom Tax. Mother of two, Kim Le Grys Cotton split up with her husband several years ago, ending up with her being responsible for her daughter and him, her son.

The Bedroom Tax will prevent Kim from supporting her children with a single room each as she will be charged extra for the ‘spare room’.

As Kim is already suffering from financial difficulties she will be unable to support the extra costs which may potentially lead to her not seeing her children.

“At the moment the children don’t know anything. They didn’t want the current living situation, they wanted to come back and live with me full time, and see there dad every other weekend, so they are continually hoping that will happen somehow.”

The public are upset on how the innocent are being attacked by The Bedroom Tax, Kim worries;

“It its potentially splitting families up, especially parents who only see their kids at the weekends, and may have spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of emotion going through court to get that access to their children.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgDx9l4WqWY

Alex Milne is another separated parent who will be affected by The Bedroom Tax. He is terrified of losing contact with his two children Rhiann, 10 and Billy, 3. He will be charged an extra £40 a month for his ‘spare room’ that is their for his daughter, he believes that without that room, she will not want to stay with him anymore.

To watch the short documentary of alex’s story, click on this link

The government aims to put more effort into housing

John Pierce, the campaigns officer at National Housing Federation recently discussed how ‘yes to homes’ believes that the answer to the housing crisis is

“Not to force families out of homes, where they have lived for years…but to build more affordable decent homes quickly”

The housing associations are currently working towards helping people budget their money for rent or into seeing they swap into another property. However, The Bedroom Tax will be affecting more families than expected as John Pierce admits that council housing will also be at risk.

The person responsible for getting more homes built is the government. In their Housing strategy published in November 2011, David Cameron and Nick Clegg stated: “One of the most important things each generation can do for the next is to build high quality homes that will stand the test of time.” They said that the Government plans to “get Britain building again.”

So far though there has been little action upon these words, what Britain needs is a bigger effort from businesses, local authorities and from the government.

For more information on how we can build more homes and fix the housing crisis, right click here:

Or for more on how The Bedroom Tax might affect local communities read the link below:

Overcrowding is six times worse in social housing than in private homes.

According to George Marshall at the National Housing Federation, people wishing to move home will suffer due to the housing crisis.

As families will be forced to downsize due to the ‘spare bedroom’ tax, the need for 2 bedroom houses and single person flats will rise.

This will cause an additional cost for £500,000 due to people choosing to move into a single person flat other than a two bedroom home.

New stats and figures as told by George Marshall

George Marshall at the National housing Federation states that the average housing price is roughly £176,000 meaning that prices have fallen by 2% since 2011.

However, despite housing prices falling there is still the massive issue of housing shortage that will cause an increase in the homeless and in the housing waiting lists. As social housing becomes more overcrowded, people are forced to move, but the housing shortage is beginning to give occupants no choice in the matter.

According to the Research systems officer at National Housing Federation, George Marshall;

‘Across the country the proportion of overcrowded households is between 6 and 7 times as high in the social housing sector as in owner-occupied housing, so it would be logical to expect the rate for social housing in the West Midlands to be over 1 in 10 households’.

Those suffering from overcrowded conditions will however be helped by the housing campaign, Yes to Homes.

The campaign found that there is land available in Birmingham that is equivalent to two cities size of Wolverhampton if the people who have privately owned homes gave up some land.  Yes to homes, aims to create more land and therefore more homes for the people who are suffering from overcrowded conditions.

Councillor Mike Sharpe has recently praised a developer on his plans to build eight new homes and six new workshops in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter area.

The development offers six, four bedroom houses and two, two bedroom apartments. This is exactly what the housing crisis needs to be overcome and that is an increase in smaller homes.

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