Oct 10th, 2016
By Trish Murray
Pensioners could be hit by a new “bedroom tax”. The government wants to cut housing benefit for elderly people who have a spare room. But experts say there aren’t enough smaller homes to move into – particularly for pensioners who need ground floor flats.
Some people will lose up to £34 a week if this cut goes ahead. If you’re on a state pension, it could mean choosing between turning on the heating or paying your rent.
Back in 2012, the government protected pensioners from the original bedroom tax. They knew then that it would be too controversial to turf elderly people out of their homes. A huge petition right now will show the government this is still hugely unpopular – we know it’s just the bedroom tax by the back door. It could convince them to let pensioners stay in their homes.
The original bedroom tax was controversial. It hit some of the most vulnerable people in our society – like parents with disabled children. And to make matters worse, experts say it’s been completely ineffective because there aren’t smaller homes to move into.
Theresa May’s new government won’t want to be tarnished with the scandal of forcing pensioners out of their homes. If enough of us get behind the huge petition we could convince them to scrap their new bedroom tax on the elderly.
If you think no pensioner should have to face the choice between heating their home or paying their rent, please sign the petition now: