Vulnerable tenant helped into new home to avoid bedroom tax
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
50,000 North East families hit by ‘bedroom tax’
Friendship Care and Housing (Friendship) has helped one of its vulnerable tenants into a home - calming worries about the bedroom tax.
The tenant - 'Jane' - has learning difficulties and her health had been affected by the stress over the government's controversial under-occupancy policy and by local anti-social behaviour problems.
Michelle, Jane’s case worker, said: “The best option for Jane was to downsize to a one-bedroom home. Together with Jane, we began to scour Friendship’s register for available properties and arranged a viewing for a suitable flat in a different part of Birmingham.”
Jane is now living in her new home and is relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cope with the extra financial pressure.
She said: “The move has made a huge difference to me. I’m happy that I won’t have to pay the bedroom tax and I don’t feel isolated anymore.”
Friendship Care and Housing owns and manages more than 4,600 properties across the East and West Midlands.