Monday, July 08, 2013


Populist political posturing, bureaucracy and reality don't sit easily together. Of the many disasters arising out of the reform of welfare this one is a gem. The 'Bedroom Tax' - a reduction in housing benefit for those deemed to be under-occupying a property by having one or more extra bedrooms - requires you to move to somewhere smaller. However, in the meantime, for those in social housing, if they are in rent arrears, they are not allowed to move. Ah, but how did they get in arrears? Because they couldn't pay the rent because of the 'Bedroom Tax'.

A comment from here:
“Unable to pay your Bedroom Tax? Move! But you’re in arrears because of the Bedroom Tax, so we’re not going to let you move.” The government are idiots.

Another unforeseen consequence here.

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