Consett man who can’t find smaller house calls on the DWP to change ‘unfair’ bedroom tax. John Hinds, 54, says people who can’t move due to a lack of one bedroom properties should be exempt from the tax.
A man is calling on the Government to make changes to the ‘unfair’ bedroom tax. John Hinds, of Consett,County Durham, says the tax is unfair for people living in areas where there are no alternative options and residents in the area have also called for it to be amended.
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The unpopular tax – known as The Under Occupancy Charge – was introduced in 2013 and cuts benefits for anyone with a “spare” room. Since its introduction, John says more than £5,000 has been deducted from his benefits as he lives in a three bedroom property, with £57 per month currently being deducted.
John, 54, who is secretary of The Grove Community and Residents’ Association, has written to the Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of the group calling for changes to be made.
“There are no plans to change this policy.”