BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – BEDROOM TAX BEING BEATEN Bedroom tax: Councils help tenants beat hated charge by reclassifying ‘spare’ rooms as studies
30 May 2013 22:04. Leeds, Nottingham and North Lanarkshire are using a legal loophole to help thousands of tenants escape paying the tax Protest: Campaigners in Manchester among many to have taken to the streets. Council chiefs are defying the Government’s hated bedroom tax – by reclassifying spare bedrooms as studies or boxrooms.
Under the Government’s regulations brought in last month, council tenants with one spare bedroom lose 14% of their housing benefit while those with two or more lose 25%.
Ministers boast it will save taxpayers £490million in 2013-14. But town halls in Leeds, Nottingham and North Lanarkshire are using a legal loophole to help thousands of tenants escape paying the tax, which penalises some of Britain’s poorest families. Other councils, including Birmingham and Edinburgh, may also adopt the idea. Labour-led Nottingham City Council has now reclassified 1,000 two-bedroom flats in tower blocks as one-bedroom, while rooms of less than 50 sq ft could be reassessed.http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com