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Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing

Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds Up to 600 homes in Wirral set to receive bedroom tax refunds

Up to 600 homes in Wirral could be set to receive refunds of around £1,000 after it was revealed that they should have been exempt from paying the bedroom tax.

The Department for Work and Pensions is currently in the process of changing regulations to amend an oversight in the controversial policy that means people who have been in continuous receipt of housing benefit since January 1 1996 should not be paying.

According to Wirral Council, there are 3,550 households affected by the bedroom tax, and about 600 of these could be in line for reimbursements.

The council said it has already reimbursed a handful of those affected – and according to a spokesman there are expected to be many more.

Of that 600 figure, more than 300 are tenants of Magenta Living, Wirral's largest social landlord.

A spokeswoman said: “We think 320 of those may be paying the under-occupation charge when they don’t need to.

“All of these cases have been handed over to the Wirral housing benefit team who will evaluate them and let anyone who is entitled to a refund of benefi.”

A DWP spokeswoman said nationally they estimate fewer than 5000 people will be affected. However, housing benefit experts have questioned the Department's calculations.

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