Meg T on 05 October 2020

As a consequence of my middle son moving out, I was obliged to inform the Council who rapidly replied that I am now liable to pay bedroom tax, because we live in a three bedroomed property (social housing) and therefore have an extra room. I have asked the council to look at the decision again because my eldest 24-year-old son doesn't have a home of his own and is obliged to live in barracks on an RAF base in Scotland because of his job. He needs a room to come home to when on leave and the council seem to think it's not an issue. To me it is a form of hidden homelessness because he wouldn't choose to live on base if he had somewhere else to stay. It's just that its 378 miles to the airbase so commuting is out of the question obvious reasons. I hope the council sees sense at their unjust ruling.

So bang goes my £150 council tax rebate. If it turns out that I have to pay bedroom tax I will have to pay an extra £11.25 per week to the Council. That means I will be no better off as a result of council tax assistance.

Not only that, but the break in paying my DWP social fund loan has come to an end also even though the Covid pandemic is far from over which means that £10 per week from my employment support allowance is deducted to repay it. Obviously I don't mind paying it because I did take a on the lawn knowingly and willingly, but personally I would have preferred to have continued paying it to reduce the debt. That was an option never offered to me; they just did it anyway.

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