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City sees drop in number of bedroom tax victims

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

Bristol Bristol

Bristol City Council has reported a drop in the number of tenants hit by the bedroom tax.

In March 2013, 12% (3,532) of the city's social housing tenants were caught by the under-occupancy policy, but the figure had dropped to 10.41% (2,924) by the end of September and to 9.56% (2,682) by the end of 2013, the Bristol Post reported.

Councillor Gus Hoyt said: “This is a welcome reduction in the number of those affected by the charge. It is also good to see that the numbers in arrears is falling. However, it is of great concern that over half of tenants affected by the charge have seen an increase in arrears since March.

“The cross-party working group that I chaired last year produced a series of recommendations aimed at helping alleviate any hardship to tenants and we are committed as a council to doing all that we can to help those affected by the charge.”

The report explains that the drop has been driven by residents contacting the council with correct information about the numbers of people living in their household, and with details concerning overnight carers or disabled children which the government has since made exempt from the under-occupancy policy.

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