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Bedroom tax to hit 1,500 homes in Corby and East Northants

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford

MP for Corby and East Northants Andy Sawford has released figures showing more than 1,500 households in the constituency will be hit by the bedroom tax.

He revealed the figures ahead of today’s (Wednesday, February 27) SNP/Plaid Opposition Day debate on the tax, which comes into effect in April.

Households deemed to have spare rooms in their council or housing association homes will have their housing benefit reduced.

The government estimates that nationally 660,000 households will be affected, around one third of claimants, and hopes the bedroom tax will encourage people to move to a smaller properties.

Corby Council estimates a total of 971 households will be affected. Of these, 239 tenants will be hit by the higher 25 per cent cut in benefit because they are deemed to be under-occupying their home by two or more rooms.

East Northants Council estimates a total of 541 households will be affected. Of these, 90 tenants will have their benefit cut by 25 per cent because they are deemed to be under-occupying by two or more rooms.

The worst hit ward in the constituency will be the Kingswood estate in Corby with 158 households being affected.

Mr Sawford said: “The bedroom tax is another hit on families in Corby and East Northamptonshire from an out-of-touch government.

“Local people are working harder for longer hours, but they’re not seeing their disposable income increase.

“For the government to now take away £21 a week from some families is perverse, heartless and simply plain wrong. This is a large amount of money, especially when we are trying to cope with rising food, energy and transport prices.

“The Government says it is trying to encourage families to downsize, but there simply aren’t enough houses available for people to move into.”

Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council, said: “This proposed bedroom tax will hit the most vulnerable and needy in our society and is totally unfair.”

 

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