Bedroom tax will hit over 1,000 poorest families in Calderdale

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From April 1 the Government’s under-occupation “bedroom tax” will hit some of the district’s poorest families in the pocket.

Pennine Housing estimates 1,000 properties in Calderdale will be affected.

Tenants on housing benefit will have to pay at least £12 every week if they have a spare bedroom.

Head of Pennine, Janette Pearce, said it had been contacting people affected to discuss their circumstances and options.

“We are also working with partners in the Calderdale area to maximise the amount of support we are able to offer those affected by the changes,” she said.

Coun Adam Wilkinson (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) said due to lack of supply it wasn’t possible for all those affected to downsize.

“The cut will hit people with disabilities who have no choice but to sleep in separate rooms, families with members serving in the armed forces and parents who are separated but want space for children to visit,” he said.

Anyone worried about how the tax could affect them should call a benefit advisor on 0300 555 0266.

Is your family affected and do you want to have your say?

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