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Housing Benefit Cuts To Affect Twelve Hundred People in York

Minster FM News Generic

7:10am 7th March 2013
(Updated 7:32am 7th March 2013)

Around twelve hundred people in York will be affected by cuts in housing benefit for empty rooms.

From April, those with one empty bedroom will lose twelve pounds a week. Those with more will lose twenty-five pounds.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley says the so-called "Bedroom Tax" will hit people who are using the rooms.

Hugh Bayley MP said:

“David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax will hammer families in York already struggling to make ends meet, and could actually risk costing local tax-payers a fortune in higher private rents and covering the cost of driving people out of their homes.

“Two thirds of the households hit are home to someone with a disability, and the families of soldiers and foster parents will also be hit. Yet at the same time millionaires are getting a massive tax cut. How can that be right?”

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