Kent Green Party is disturbed by another Coalition Government attack on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, comments on the Bedroom tax and its victims:
“The poorest households in Kent and Medway have already had several years
of big increases in energy and food bills, and real terms cuts in both
wages and benefits. Now the Coalition Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ being
introduced in April will make about 17,000 people in Kent and Medway
poorer. They will have to move or face average benefit losses of £569 a
year(1). The tax is indiscriminate and unjust, it penalises the disabled,
single parents, families of those recently deceased, foster parents and
the parents of children in the army or at university(2). The retrospective
nature of the tax makes it particularly unjust as people did not know
about the threat to benefits when they took up the tenancy(3).
“The "Bedroom Tax", is part of a welfare change that will cut the amount
of benefit that people of working age can get if they are considered to
have a spare bedroom. This means they will have 14% of their Housing
Benefit cut for one spare room, or 25% for two or more(4). There is no
clear definition of what is a bedroom: the Government is leaving this to
social landlords and the Department of Work and Pensions to define(5).
Dining rooms could for example be included or excluded.
There is even a legal case in which ten children with a variety of
problems are challenging the Government because of their need for separate
FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY,
on 079444 71083 or 01732 355185. Contact address as above. Promoted by
H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9
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4. The power to do this is contained in the Welfare Act 2012, and is
commonly referred to as the criteria or under-occupation penalty.
6. The case will not be heard until after the Bedroom tax comes into
force next month:
7. Full constituency breakdown, which may be used as part of the
release at the discretion of the recipient, see attached table.