DWP: bedroom tax will not be changed
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Universal Credit
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There will be no changes made to the bedroom tax, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.
Last week the works and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, asked officials at the department to "look again" at the how the policy will affect disabled people.
IDS was prompted into the move after the chief executives of seven charities wrote an open letter to himself and Chancellor George Osborne outlining their concerns about the impact the bedroom tax would have on disabled people and family members who may be caring for them.
However, the DWP has now announced that there will be U-turns on the plan.
A DWP spokesperson said: "There is no change to our policy on under-occupancy. We will of course be monitoring this important reform closely as it is implemented in April and will ensure that the £155m in discretionary housing payments are being used appropriately."