Bedroom tax devastating North West, study suggests

From Thomas Bridge at LocalGov.co.uk

No Bedroom Tax11-8460The bedroom tax is devastating one of the poorest areas of the UK and failing to free up social housing, a report finds.

Less than one hundred days into implementation of the bedroom tax, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has said 14,000 households in Merseyside have fallen into rental debt, nearly 6,000 of those for the first time.

While nearly 26,500 households in the north-western region have been impacted by the bedroom tax, a shortage in smaller properties means only 155 have managed to downsize.

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