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Tenants facing eviction after refusing to pay a penny of bedroom tax

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

Bedroom tax campaigners protesting outside court as landlord seeks mother's eviction Bedroom tax campaigners protesting outside court as landlord seeks mother's eviction

A West Midlands ALMO has revealed that 36 of its tenants hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax have not paid a penny of it.

And Wolverhampton Homes - which manages 23,000 properties on behalf of Wolverhampton City Council - has said that 60% of its tenants affected by the under-occupancy policy have fallen into debt.

The ALMO's director of housing, Mark Henderson, has warned that those who have so far refused to pay the bedroom tax may soon face eviction.

He said: "There are 36 people who have so far chosen not to pay anything since the policy came into effect in April 2013.

"They are getting into a really serious position now. The average owed is about £270."

The bedroom tax, which came into effect in April 2013, sees social housing tenats who are deemed to be under-occupying their homes docked up to 25% of their housing benefit.

Labour has pledged to end the policy should it win power in next year's general election.

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