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Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up £19m

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

Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up 19m Bedroom tax could see council's rent arrears bill shoot up 19m

Sheffield City Council could see its rent arrears bill soar by £19 million as tenants struggle with the government's controversial bedroom tax.

The city has seen almost 4,000 of its social housing tenants hit by the under-occupancy policy.

A report to the council's Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee revealed that the local authority's arrears may have risen to £29m by 2019-20 - a vast increase on the 2012-13 arrears level of £10m.

Councillor Harry Harpham, deputy council leader and cabinet member for housing: “This is all the fault of the bedroom tax and we have always said it needs scrapping, not reforming.

“All we can do is chase up the rent arrears.”

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