“The size criteria in the social rented sector will restrict housing benefit to allow for one bedroom for each person or couple living as part of the household, with the following exceptions:
All claimants who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom will be affected. This includes:
How many people will see their benefit cut?
There are various reasons the government cite for the creation of this tax such as under-occupied social housing, which they claim to pay through the nose for, a lack of social housing in some areas and a necessary cut in the welfare reform budget. All of these appear admirable at first glance but bear in mind a couple of things.
You may be part of a hard working family-unit, that does not earn a fortune but is able to comfortably afford the family home, which is classed as 'social housing'. One member of the household becomes unemployed and you are now faced with a dilemma. You could either be faced with moving home or experiencing a reduced level of housing benefit, due to the 'bedroom tax'.
Of course social housing is in short supply which takes us back to Mrs Thatcher. Her Tory government halted social housing building projects in the public sector. They introduced the right to buy any council property you occupied. These two factors diminished housing stocks rapidly.
So you have lost your job and now face looking for the smallest property available or living on a pittance. You may be in your sixties but you could still be classed as working age. With a shortage of social housing stock good luck with your search!!
The 'bedroom tax' shows what the “condems” will do to balance the books whilst protecting the elite.
Note: Members of Parliament in UK often have more than one home. Many politicians claim expenses to run-second homes that are regularly unoccupied and nearly always under-occupied. MP's expenses are paid by UK taxpayers."