IDS orders re-examination of bedroom tax
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Universal Credit
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Iain Duncan Smith has ordered a re-examination of the how the coming bedroom tax will affect disabled people.
The welfare secretary made the move after charities raised concerns that couples who couldn't share a bedroom because of a disability would be unjustly hit by the new charge.
The BBC reported that IDS has already ordered the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to "look again" at the policy.
The chief executives of seven charities wrote an open letter to IDS and Chancellor George Osborne yesterday, outlining their concerns about the impact the bedroom tax would have on disabled people and family members who may be caring for them.
Speaking to the BBC, Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said: "If you care full-time for a severely ill or disabled partner, their condition may mean a separate room for you to sleep is vital. Disabled children often cannot share with their brothers or sisters," she said.
"Hitting carers and disabled people with extra costs for this essential accommodation, or forcing them to move is simply wrong."
The bedroom tax will see those who are deemed to be under-occupying by having spare bedrooms in their homes hit with cuts to their housing benefit.