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Bexley Council asked for bedroom tax assurances

PUBLISHED: 15:56 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 22 April 2013

Bexley and Greenwich Trade Union Council is seeking assurances from the local authorities that council tenants will not face eviction due to the government's controversial new bedroom tax.

Tenants face a 14 per cent reduction to their housing benefit if they have one spare room and a 25 per cent reduction if they have two spare rooms.

Lynne Chamberlain, secretary of Bexley and Greenwich TUC, said: “Some tenants affected by this will be forced to cut down on food and heating or face eviction, it is not as if there is a ready supply of alternative council accommodation.

“Why should the poorest in society face these types of cuts when those in the finance industry who created the financial crisis are enjoying tax cuts?”

The changes were implemented by the coalition government’s budget which came into practice at the start of April.

A council spokesman said: “This one of the biggest changes to the welfare system for 60 years. The council has for some time been working with partner organisations, including housing associations, to make sure that there is a wealth of support, guidance and information available for anyone affected by the changes.

“The council is not responsible for social housing in the borough. Bexley’s social housing is owned and operated by housing associations and it would be these housing associations that would make the difficult decision to evict a tenant.”

More information is available at the council’s website at www.bexley.gov.uk/benefitchanges.”

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