April 2013 the conservative government introduced the ‘under-occupancy’ charge affecting social housing tenants. Tenants receive less benefit if there are spare bedrooms in the home (14% less for one spare). The ‘spare room subsidy’ does not affect pensioners or shared property tenants. Under tens are expected to share with both sexes, under 16s are expected to share with same sex. Adults are entitled their own room and extra rooms for medical purposes are not exempt.
The spare-room subsidy is doable because the age ranges of children who share rooms mean they require the same needs in daily life.
The spare room subsidy has lead to 50,000 rooms free within the last twelve months out of the 660,000 spare rooms nationally. It has lead to an improved utilization of social housing saved the taxpayer £1 million a day. There has been increased support of the labor party among social tenants and increased conservative support among private homeowners/renters.
Ed Miliband voted for the introduction of the bedroom tax and he claimed to remove it if he became pm due to the problems it has caused.
The bedroom tax affects people who live in council housing, so private homeowners don’t get affected by the policy and may not necessarily take interest in it. as a generalization people that live in council housing are typically working class people, which are the main participants of this policy and are the general people that will be against it. if you have a spare room, you’ll now have to pay more money than before to keep it, on social media and in the news there have been vast amounts of complaints, because no-one wants to pay more money than they should; its put a lot of people in financial trouble now. you may not be affected by the bedroom tax if you have certain disabilities, if you are a foster parent or if you receive a state pension. effectively, the government is the ones that benefit from the bedroom tax because they are getting a lot more money out of each household and therefore are the ones that benefit from this policy.
Re-written version of the policy
- If you’ve been living in the same house for a long period of time (ten years for example) – You should not have to pay the ’bedroom tax’. The tax should only apply to new council tenants. – the original policy unfairly treats long term tenants.
- If people are ill and have to stay in one of the spare rooms for medical purposes then they should be exempt from the tax.
- The concept of improving the utilization of social housing is good but they are using the wrong incentive for people to move. There should be positive incentives rather than negative ones.
- There should be house switches for social housing tenants so a couple should switch to smaller houses and larger family have the larger houses.
Britain needs sustainability. With the economy rising and the deficit lowering we need to begin to sustain our society to provide everyone with comfort and security. The bedroom tax targets people that live in social housing which have one or more un-occupied bedroom(s), it aims at getting people to pay for their unused rooms which someone else could generally benefit from. There are some that own 5 bedroom council houses but only occupy 2 bedrooms, leaving bedrooms free which is unfair to other citizens of the UK that can occupy that space fairly. Getting these people to pay for their unused rooms will eventually rise to Britain saving £1,000,000 a day and also gives everyone equal opportunities to occupy the home they need.
The tax will not affect you however, if you have been living in your home for over 10 years, a home of which has sentimental value to a family should not have to pay the tax. The tax only targets new council tenants of who have lived in council housing for under 2 years.
The bedroom tax will be exempt from people with physical disabilities that need more than one room for medical care. We will not make you pay for extra rooms if you need them for medical care.
You will be able to switch homes with other tenants if you both need each others spaces, a fair transaction between citizens will create equality in Britain as rooms will be utilized fairly.