What do the changes mean?
The size criteria in the social rented sector will restrict housing benefit to allow for one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household, with the following exceptions:
Children under 16 of same gender expected to share
Children under 10 expected to share regardless of gender
Disabled tenant or partner who needs non resident overnight carer will be allowed an extra bedroom
Who will be affected?
All claimants who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom will be affected. This includes:
Separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this. Benefit rules mean that there must be a designated ‘main carer’ for children (who receives the extra benefit)
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
Parents whose children visit but are not part of the household
Families with disabled children
Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.
Why should someone on welfare have a bigger house than they need, that we all pay for, when working people certainly don't get the same luxury?
The opinion of Thatcher haters is a bit of a nonsense -- she saved them (or their parents, at this point) from killing the goose that lays the golden egg. It's not the conservatives or professionals who got stuck in Detroit, after all. The putative Thatcher hater in Birmingham can have his view of Thatcher attended to the minute he stops accepting subsidy from the taxpaying Thatcher lover in Kent.
I hope that was coherent to you, but you may rest assured that any confusion you may have is caused by the policy rather than you personally.
In the UK context, I wish I knew more about what, exactly, Thatcher did. I was a child at the time that she was rampaging
srboisvert: Who really gets the most housing subsidies?
Who really gets the most housing subsidies?
And under new rules for larger families, bedrooms must be shared by two kids, so the Hoopers will be deemed to have a spare.
Dad Gary, 44, who receives a £58.58 a week carer’s allowance, says he hopes Angel’s extension will mean he can return to work.
I've read all the posted links (I think) and I'm a little unclear on the "housing benefit." Do people below a certain level of income have all of their rent subsidized by the government? I know there is "council housing" in which the poor live (which is...what..housing built by the local government?) and there is privately owned housing which the poor might rent. But these spare bedroom taxes are a cut in benefits?
So if I am reading this right Gary gets an allowance from the government to take care of his own child?
Also the idea that 10 year olds must share with children of the opposite sex. What happens the following year? What if a family with a 9 year old boy and a 10 year old girl moves into a 2 bedroom home so they will not have to pay the spare bedroom tax? Move again the following year?
Did they account for the drastic shortage of council and housing association properties for families with young children in many areas, who are currently being housed in high-rent larger private houses, or worse bed and breakfasts, and will be able to move into the theoretically freed up council homes, thus saving money there?
Thorzdad: I can't imagine that the US has the exclusive on people who vote to pull the trigger on the gun aimed at their head.
I can't imagine that the US has the exclusive on people who vote to pull the trigger on the gun aimed at their head.
You want to save the housing benefit as is, fine. Where would you get 1.8 billion a year from?
Seriously. You want to criticise? Tell me where you'd find the money.
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