Bedroom tax 'in chaos' says Plymouth finance chief
THE Government's new "bedroom tax" has descended into total chaos, says city Cabinet member Mark Lowry.
From April 1 new rules mean that people in social housing could lose some of their housing benefit if they have more bedrooms than they need.
A household with one spare bedroom will see housing benefit cut by 14 per cent, and 25 per cent if it has two or more spare bedrooms. More than 2,300 Plymouth families were expected to be affected.
As reported in The Herald this week, the Government has now made significant concessions to exempt foster carers and military families and households with severely disabled children.
Cllr Lowry, the Cabinet member for finance at Plymouth City Council, said: "The bedroom tax has descended into total chaos.
"While these exceptions are welcome they are just a tiny fraction of those affected, including disabled people who are set to lose more then £700 in April, at the same time as millionaires receive a massive tax cut."
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