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.

64% of people affected by Bedroom Tax are disabled

UK charity, Scope, say that out of the estimated 660,000 people to be affected by the Bedroom Tax, an astonishing 420,000 are disabled. The disability charity appear extremely shocked and dis-heartened by the upcoming policy change.

Scope pledge that:

“Disabled people and their families can have the same opportunities as everyone else.”

But the disabled make up more than the majority of people affected by the Bedroom Tax. This proportion is so high because of their specialist needs. Individuals with severe health problems may need a spare room for medical equipment. Other disabled people require an extra bedroom for when a carer stays. Some are simply too sick to move house and downsize.

After 50 years of helping the disabled, Scope appear very passionate about benefit cuts to vulnerable people:

“Many families of disabled people tell us they are struggling to make ends meet. Multiple cuts to their benefits and services they rely upon have made things worse. Many have lost thousands of pounds in vital financial support.”

Amisha Koria, Senior Media and PR Officer for Scope, expressed her concerns about the effects Bedroom Tax will have on disabled people:

“They will have to consider moving, which is challenging because of the lack of accessible housing, or look to see how they can meet the shortfall in their income.”

As the Bedroom Tax will not come into power until April 2013, the effects this will have on disabled people has not yet been witnessed. However, Ms Koria believes the impact will be devastating and a struggle for the disabled:

“As disabled people are being hit by so many changes to welfare support, the impact on finances after April will be significant.”