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Claims "Bedroom Tax" Is Costing Affected Families in York £56 A Month


1:03pm 5th November 2013

It's claimed the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ has pushed up the number of families behind on their rent in York to 388.

  • York households affected by the ‘bedroom tax’:                  1017
  • City of York Council tenants affected by the ‘bedroom tax’:     639
  • City of York Council tenants with rent arrears:                 473
  • No. of 473 not in arrears at end March 2013:                            267
  • No. of 473 whose arrears increased since end March 2013:        388
  • York households with children affected by the ‘bedroom tax’:     651    

Labour councillor Steve Burton who represents Westfield got hold of the the figures.He said:

The Liberal Democrats have long since dropped the pretence that they speak for hard-pressed residents like the council households in my ward. Now we can see how their Bedroom Tax is hitting residents in Chapelfields and across York.

“The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government says the country should be tackling the national debt while in areas like Chapelfields they are pushing more and more people into personal debt. It is just plain wrong.”

The total loss in housing benefit to people in York affected by the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ is £712,039. The mean average each York family affected by the "bedroom tax" or "spare room subsidy" has lost £56.48 a month.

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