Worcester City Council leader Adrian Gregson slams the bedroom tax

Worcester News: Councillor Adrian Gregson, city council leader Councillor Adrian Gregson, city council leader

THE leader of Worcester City Council has launched a fresh attack on the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ - calling it an “assiduous” attack on the vulnerable.

Councillor Adrian Gregson claims the policy will “cost more than it will save” and has made an appeal for it to be axed.

During a full council meeting, he also said 673 tenants in the city are currently affected by it, which means a reduction in housing benefit for any spare bedrooms.

Of that tally, the amounts of money owed varies from £700 to £1,250 during an entire calendar year.

The figures follows revelations in your Worcester News in October that 1,000 households across south Worcestershire have been stung by it.

Coun Gregson said: “A number of issues arise from the introduction of this assiduous tax.

“The only people who are going to benefit from it are private sector landlords because the costs to the public purse will increase.

“The whole process of implementing this tax has cost more than the savings.”

Worcester Community Housing, the city’s main social property provider, says 45 per cent of its 460-odd tenants affected by the bedroom tax are currently in arrears.

The other householders who have been hit with bills from it are in properties owned by rival housing associations.

Under the policy, officially known as the spare room subsidy, tenants get a 14 per cent reduction in housing benefit for having an empty bedroom.

If there are two spare bedrooms the cut is 25 per cent, and the resident has to fork out to make up the difference, or face falling into arrears and eventual eviction.

The Government does offer help with extra discretionary housing payments for disabled social housing tenants.

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A Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants’ rent, but the taxpayer can no longer afford to pay the £500m cost of claimants’ extra bedrooms.”

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10:20pm Tue 3 Dec 13

notANOTHERbrilliantheadline says...

Bedroom tax is an "assiduous" attack on the vulnerable, claims council leader

6:26pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in News By Tom Edwards

Yeh, because we didn't know this..
Bedroom tax is an "assiduous" attack on the vulnerable, claims council leader 6:26pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in News By Tom Edwards Yeh, because we didn't know this.. notANOTHERbrilliantheadline

11:02pm Tue 3 Dec 13

cmfitzg says...

I'm guessing he meant "insidious" ?
I'm guessing he meant "insidious" ? cmfitzg

1:35am Wed 4 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

What sadddens me is while condemming this government for it's continuing attack on Older people, aided and abetted by the local Tories, we now read that the Labour City Council are also taking money away from the poorest by stopping the Council Tax discounts for older people when there is more than one in a property and other cuts, when of course they could both be poor in terms of income.
SO MERRY CHRISTMAS OLDER PEOPLE from ALL OUR CONCERNED COUNCILLORS who will still be getting their allowances.
What sadddens me is while condemming this government for it's continuing attack on Older people, aided and abetted by the local Tories, we now read that the Labour City Council are also taking money away from the poorest by stopping the Council Tax discounts for older people when there is more than one in a property and other cuts, when of course they could both be poor in terms of income. SO MERRY CHRISTMAS OLDER PEOPLE from ALL OUR CONCERNED COUNCILLORS who will still be getting their allowances. Jabbadad

2:25am Wed 4 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

Coun Gregson said: “A number of issues arise from the introduction of this assiduous tax.

STOP calling it TAX, it is a REDUCTION in benefits paid. Free Money. You can only be TAX'd on money you already have.
Coun Gregson said: “A number of issues arise from the introduction of this assiduous tax. STOP calling it TAX, it is a REDUCTION in benefits paid. Free Money. You can only be TAX'd on money you already have. Guy66

7:27am Wed 4 Dec 13

green49 says...

Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax.
Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax. green49

7:38am Wed 4 Dec 13

wooshman says...

Guy66 wrote:
Coun Gregson said: “A number of issues arise from the introduction of this assiduous tax.

STOP calling it TAX, it is a REDUCTION in benefits paid. Free Money. You can only be TAX'd on money you already have.
From my experience a significant number of those affected have managed to get some work so it seems to be working
[quote][p][bold]Guy66[/bold] wrote: Coun Gregson said: “A number of issues arise from the introduction of this assiduous tax. STOP calling it TAX, it is a REDUCTION in benefits paid. Free Money. You can only be TAX'd on money you already have.[/p][/quote]From my experience a significant number of those affected have managed to get some work so it seems to be working wooshman

9:07am Wed 4 Dec 13

anyonefortennis? says...

It's his council that are allowing developers to build homes that are too large and expensive. Yes, we perhaps need more housing, but it's one or two bedroomed affordable housing that's required.
It's his council that are allowing developers to build homes that are too large and expensive. Yes, we perhaps need more housing, but it's one or two bedroomed affordable housing that's required. anyonefortennis?

10:34am Wed 4 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

And both governments over the years have failed miserably to build these smaller houses.
And to see how successful Iaan Duncan Smith's policy is just read the figures already for non payment of this bedroom Tax / Fine, to see how it's panning out. And it's not the Bedroom Tax / Fine, that is encouraging people to find work it's that there are some jobs out there , even though many are ZERO HOURS or TEMPS, it is also the tough stance, sometimes quite unreasonable, that the JOb Centres are now taking. Which in turn is also creating much heartache for those who still qualify for help but have to start all over again on the form filling trail, while going without any income at all.
Perhaps the QUIETE MAN has shares in the FOOD BANKS? Since these are being a huge success by way of the numbers who qualify for help in just getting a meal.
And both governments over the years have failed miserably to build these smaller houses. And to see how successful Iaan Duncan Smith's policy is just read the figures already for non payment of this bedroom Tax / Fine, to see how it's panning out. And it's not the Bedroom Tax / Fine, that is encouraging people to find work it's that there are some jobs out there , even though many are ZERO HOURS or TEMPS, it is also the tough stance, sometimes quite unreasonable, that the JOb Centres are now taking. Which in turn is also creating much heartache for those who still qualify for help but have to start all over again on the form filling trail, while going without any income at all. Perhaps the QUIETE MAN has shares in the FOOD BANKS? Since these are being a huge success by way of the numbers who qualify for help in just getting a meal. Jabbadad

11:49am Wed 4 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

green49 wrote:
Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax.
Take a look at this one from today

http://www.worcester
news.co.uk/news/1085
3447.___Bedroom_tax_
___has_cost_me_Chris
tmas__says_disabled_
mum/

Seems some people are able to downsize. I guess next you'll be complaining that they had to pay to move! Welcome to the real world where an average move is around £5K so £900 is really good!
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax.[/p][/quote]Take a look at this one from today http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/1085 3447.___Bedroom_tax_ ___has_cost_me_Chris tmas__says_disabled_ mum/ Seems some people are able to downsize. I guess next you'll be complaining that they had to pay to move! Welcome to the real world where an average move is around £5K so £900 is really good! Guy66

11:50am Wed 4 Dec 13

Guy66 says...

green49 wrote:
Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax.
"it is just another back door tax."

IT IS NOT A TAX. Tell me how can you be taxed on money 'given' to you and not earned?
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: Call it what you like but its another Tory attack on the weak and vunerable and people who would love to down size to a smaller house but there arnt any, they have no choice and have been landed with this stupidity, the benefit is paid on the situation of the people in the house not the bedrooms, it is just another back door tax.[/p][/quote]"it is just another back door tax." IT IS NOT A TAX. Tell me how can you be taxed on money 'given' to you and not earned? Guy66

1:51pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

Labour the party for real social progress issues that matter….like where will your playstation 4 go without a spare bedroom?
Labour the party for real social progress issues that matter….like where will your playstation 4 go without a spare bedroom? Hwicce

1:59pm Wed 4 Dec 13

paulchandbrush says...

Jabbadad wrote:
What sadddens me is while condemming this government for it's continuing attack on Older people, aided and abetted by the local Tories, we now read that the Labour City Council are also taking money away from the poorest by stopping the Council Tax discounts for older people when there is more than one in a property and other cuts, when of course they could both be poor in terms of income.
SO MERRY CHRISTMAS OLDER PEOPLE from ALL OUR CONCERNED COUNCILLORS who will still be getting their allowances.
Tories attack on less well off whilst Bankers who caused crisis still get huge bonuses.We are all in it together some a lot more than others.
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: What sadddens me is while condemming this government for it's continuing attack on Older people, aided and abetted by the local Tories, we now read that the Labour City Council are also taking money away from the poorest by stopping the Council Tax discounts for older people when there is more than one in a property and other cuts, when of course they could both be poor in terms of income. SO MERRY CHRISTMAS OLDER PEOPLE from ALL OUR CONCERNED COUNCILLORS who will still be getting their allowances.[/p][/quote]Tories attack on less well off whilst Bankers who caused crisis still get huge bonuses.We are all in it together some a lot more than others. paulchandbrush

4:52pm Wed 4 Dec 13

green49 says...

To introduce a bedroom tax, a reduction in benefit or what ever you want to call it onto someone who does not have an alternative is a social disgrace, Nearly all councils in this country already try to get people to downsize when familes have moved out and moved on but where are the smaller places to move too? they are few and far between, the CONservatives caused this by selling off the council houses,Mrs Thatcherbrought it in and then didnt allow the money that the house sales brought in to be reused for building.
To introduce a bedroom tax, a reduction in benefit or what ever you want to call it onto someone who does not have an alternative is a social disgrace, Nearly all councils in this country already try to get people to downsize when familes have moved out and moved on but where are the smaller places to move too? they are few and far between, the CONservatives caused this by selling off the council houses,Mrs Thatcherbrought it in and then didnt allow the money that the house sales brought in to be reused for building. green49

10:30am Sat 7 Dec 13

abailey236 says...

673 people affected. That means that the tax payer has been paying rent for 673 people to have a spare room, or 2.
If I want a spare room I will have to buy a bigger house yet this sad little councilor believes that all that don't work, should have bigger properties than they need, funded by hard working people.
673 people affected. That means that the tax payer has been paying rent for 673 people to have a spare room, or 2. If I want a spare room I will have to buy a bigger house yet this sad little councilor believes that all that don't work, should have bigger properties than they need, funded by hard working people. abailey236

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