Alan Whitehead

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Southampton Number 1 Loser from Bedroom Tax in the South East

More Southampton families will be hit by the bedroom tax than in any other authority in the south-east, according to new figures published by the National Housing Federation.

More Southampton families will be hit by the bedroom tax than in any other authority in the south-east, according to new figures published by the National Housing Federation.

According to estimates by the Federation, over 1800 families in Southampton will lose out as a result of the bedroom tax, each losing an average of £728 per year. This is higher than for any other Council in the region, including Milton Keynes, Portsmouth and Oxford.

The number of people hit in Southampton are more than 3 times the number hit in Winchester, Test Valley and in David Cameron's own authority of West Oxfordshire.

Southampton is also shown to have the highest number of people with a disability who will be hit by the new tax. Over 1135 disabled people will be hit by the bedroom tax in Southampton, compared to 357 in both Winchester and West Oxfordshire.

Alan Whitehead MP said:

"These figures show the Bedroom Tax will hit Southampton harder than any other authority in the south-east. More local families will be hit, more pressure will be put on local housing services and more money will be sucked out of our local economy.

“The Tory Government continues to force cities like ours to bear a disproportionate level of cuts, while protecting their own wealthier heartlands. I'll continue to fight the Bedroom Tax, and in light of these new figures I hope Tory and Lib Dem Councillors whose job is to represent Southampton residents will too."

More information

Summary statistics from the NHF on the impact of the bedroom tax in the south east can be found here

If you are worried about being hit by the bedroom tax, download Southampton City Council's free Moneytree guide which gives more detail about the changes and how they will affect you.

All claimants who are deemed to have at least one spare bedroom will be affected by the bedroom tax. This includes:

  • Separated parents who share the care of their children and who may have been allocated an extra bedroom to reflect this. Benefit rules mean that there must be a designated ‘main carer’ for children (who receives the extra benefit)
  • Couples who use their ‘spare’ bedroom when recovering from an illness or operation
  • Foster carers because foster children are not counted as part of the household for benefit purposes
  • Parents whose children visit but are not part of the household
  • Families with disabled children
  • Disabled people including people living in adapted or specially designed properties.

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