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Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Housing

Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax Council pledges to help hundreds of tenants wrongly hit by bedroom tax

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support hundreds of social housing tenants wrongly charged with the controversial bedroom tax.

It was recently revealed that an unknown number of people had been illegally hit by the under-occupancy policy, after little-known legislation was unearthed that exempts tenants who have continuously claimed housing benefit while living in the same home since 1996 from paying the tax.

With thousands in Sheffield affected by the bedroom tax, the city council says it has already identified a number of tenants who shouldn't have paid it.

It is believed that around 500 tenants in the city have been wrongly charged.

If accurate, the number of victims in Sheffield alone represents over one tenth of all those wrongly charged in the UK, based on the Department for Work and Pensions' estimate of "less than 5,000".

The council is now seeking recompense for wrongly charged tenants and is advising those who think they may have been affected to contact their landlord.

Councillor Harry Harpham, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “We always said this tax was always going to hit those who could least afford it; those on the breadline who were struggling to make ends meet. With the cost of living sky-high we need to do all we can to assist those who most need their help.

“In our view it is an ill-thought out tax. We are taking action to deal with it and standing up for local people, who shouldn’t have to pay this tax.

“Now the government say they are looking at the legislation again after admitting they made a mistake. But in our view this is too little too late.”

And non-council social landlords have also been asked to identify their tenants who they believe meet the criteria that would allow housing benefit to be reinstated.

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