Less than 10% of Sutton Coldfield residents may be affected by the Bedroom Tax. This area is expected to see the least effects in Birmingham as of April 2013, when the new policy comes into action.
Almost 6% of Sutton Coldfield residents live in a council owned house and only 3.5% are living in a Housing Association property. This is a massive 39 percentage points less than the most affected area of Birmingham, Ladywood.
Hall Green, Perry Barr and Yardley are other areas of Birmingham which indicate fairly low rates of Local Authority and Housing Association properties. The data released by Birmingham City Council, suggests that less than a quarter of each of these regions’ populations are likely to be affected by the Bedroom Tax.
Approximately 1 in 5 of Hall Green’s residents may be potentially affected, with around 10% living in Local Authority Housing and the same amount depending on the HA. Perry Barr shows very similar data. Just over 9% of residents are council tenants and only a tenth live in a property provided by the HA. Yardley indicates slightly different rates, with just over 20% living in a council house and a further 4% occupying a HA property.
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This map shows where these lowly affected areas are in Birmingham.
Almost half of Ladywood residents will potentially be affected by the Bedroom Tax. Around 49% are either council tenants or live in a Housing Association property.
Statistics released by Birmingham City Council, show that over 31% of Ladywood residents live in Local Authority Housing, as well as almost 18% living in a property provided by the Housing Association. The tenants who are deemed to have a spare bedroom will see the effects of April 2013’s new policy.
With only 29% of Ladywood council tenants having just one bedroom, a potential of 71% may be affected by the Bedroom Tax. If rooms are not filled to the requirements of the policy, residents will see their benefits cut significantly. Negative effects have already began to occur in the Ladywood area. One resident’s story can be seen here.
Erdington, Northfield and Hodge Hill are other areas of Birmingham which have fairly high Local Authority and Housing Association rates.
Around a third of Erdington’s residents may be affected by the Bedroom Tax, as almost 21% are council tenants and a further 10.7% live in a HA property. Northfield shows slightly higher results. 33.5% of its population are likely to be affected, with nearly 28% in council housing and over 5% depending on the HA. Hodge Hill indicates similar statistics, with over 32% potentially being affected by Bedroom Tax. Over a quarter live in Local Authority Housing and nearly 7% live in a property provided by the HA.
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This map shows where these highly affected areas are in Birmingham.
More than 20% of council tenants in the UK have a full time job, suggesting that full time workers are likely to be significantly affected by the Bedroom Tax. Around 265,000 people live in Local Authority Housing nationally. This is a large proportion of the estimated 660,000 people to be affected by the Bedroom Tax.
Statistics from 2011/2012 indicate that full time workers are potentially one of the most affected demographics. This sparks debate on whether hard working people and tax payers deserve to have their benefits cut as of April 2013. To many, the Bedroom Tax highly affecting those in full time work is likely to be seen as unfair and unjustified.
However, Councillor David Barrie (Conservative), believes Bedroom Tax is in the interest of the tax payer:
“As a hard working tax payer would you be happy to pay for someone else to live in expensive housing that you could not afford?”
Data released by the Government also shows that job seekers will potentially be the most affected by the Bedroom Tax, as over 22% of council tenants are looking for work. Around 1 in 5 of those living in Local Authority Housing are unemployed. This demographic is sure to see the most negative effects from the Bedroom Tax.
People to miss the upcoming policy change are to be students, where less than 2% live in council housing. Only 0.2% of council tenants are in training, so this group of tenants are also likely to not be affected.
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.