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Tens of thousands in the West Midlands to be hit by the bedroom tax

The Tory-led Government are pressing ahead with their unfair bedroom tax. 

With this tax due to come in to effect in April for tenants of working age, people in Coventry are getting understandably concerned about how they and their families will be affected.

This tax will cut the amount of housing benefit that people receive if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home, potentially affecting 60,000 people in the West Midlands alone.

Thousands of people are vulnerable to this change including:

  • separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this
  • couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
  • foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
  • families with disabled children

The Tory-led Government is targeting hard-pressed families living in social housing, with those affected likely to lose an average of £728 per year.

This bedroom tax is unfair and the Government needs to think again before it’s too late.

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