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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Refunds paid over bedroom tax error

TWENTY-SEVEN people in Copeland have successfully claimed refunds after an error implementing the controversial bedroom tax.

By Lucy Grosvenor

It was announced in January that a central government mistake meant that some residents had been paying it in error.

In Copeland there have been 32 requests for the exemption, 27 of which were successful.

Tenants who have been in the same house since 1996 (unless events like fire or flood caused them to move out temporarily) and who have received housing benefit since that date (excluding breaks of up to four weeks) may be eligible for a refund.

The Spare Room Subsidy, dubbed ‘the bedroom tax’, was introduced in April last year and represents a change to housing benefit entitlement that means residents deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms are financially penalised.

It was announced last week that the error in implementing the subsidy has been fixed and the loophole will close on March 3.

Pensioners in social housing claiming monies through benefits will continue to be exempt from the tax.

It has been estimated that nationally between 3,000 and 5,000 people will be eligible for a refund since the tax came into force. Copeland Borough Council has been managing the local refund claims.

Have your say

The 'Bedroom Tax' was never meant to work, it is a punitive distraction to appease the tabloid readers who believe the propaganda of the extreme right.
As we all know by now, over £27 billion is lost in Tax avoidance compared to £.7 billion in benefits fraud, yet the government have refused to close any of these loopholes. If they were serious about saving money, they would be doing that. But they aren't.
So we can only assume that this law is a politically motivated attempt to turn the working-classes against each other.
Classic case of divide and conquer.

Posted by kingkerouac on 24 February 2014 at 08:39

Why is this news, are we to start reporting on all refunds I.e. Council tax.

I think the tax is fully acceptable and justified. Get used to it and move on, and maybe get a job whilst your at it!!

Posted by Dave smith on 23 February 2014 at 10:48

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