The Prime Minister David Cameron lies on camera about the bedroom tax. He is the Prime Minister and must know his own goverment’s policies and this is why he is lying and no other term such as mistaken or being economical with the truth is correct. He lies, end of, no dispute.
What he says in the TV interview and click the link to it here is in relation to the bedroom tax generally and the Carmichael case is:
“It is a basic issue of fairness. You don’t get subsidised if you are renting privately.“
Yet you DO get subsidised if you rent privately as that is how the private scheme works. In the private scheme called Local Housing Allowance of LHA you receive up to a set amount based on your perceived need for a number of bedrooms.
Each council across the country has their own assessed LHA rate they pay out and in the case of Sefton where the Carmichaels live the LHA rate for a 1 bed housing need is £91.38 per week or £395.98 per calendar month as is shown below on the Sefton Council website.
Here is the key bit and why Cameron is lying.
The rate is set so if you are entitled to 1 bedroom then if you can rent a 2 bed property for £395 per month then you will be under occupying YET you will receive £395 per month in – as Cameron calls it – ‘subsidy.
There is no deduction and in the Carmichael’s case you will hear they are supposed to have a bedroom tax of £56 per month – a 14% deduction – which means their monthly rent in social housing is £400 yet they receive £344 per calendar month.
They receive 15.1% less in ‘subsidy’ than a private tenant who pays less in rent.
Now the other matter is can you rent a 2 bed property nearby in the private sector for £395 per calendar month and yes you can as a quick check on rightmove or zoopla or other such site reveals there are many such properties available in the locality for this rate. For example there are 44 currently advertised 2 bedroomed properties on offer in Sefton for £400 per calendar month or less.
There are even 13 currently advertised on rightmove 3 bedroom properties in Sefton for £400 pc or less too.
Yes that means the Carmichaels or any other household with a purported 1 bedroom need could rent a 3 bed property in the private sector in Sefton, have TWO allegedly spare bedrooms and still get 100% ‘subsidy’ as Cameron calls it.
So when the Prime Minister says:
You don’t get subsidised if you are renting privately.
He is lying
The same happens right across the UK with the exception of London and the South East and the odd pocket of high rent areas such as Trafford in the NW and York in Yorkshire. The Sefton example above is the norm NOT the exception. If you doubt this then use your local area and see for yourself.
Next door in neighbouring Liverpool there are 65 currently advertised 3 bed properties you can rent for £400 per month or less and you will get £395 or so per calendar month in LHA – the private sector ‘subsidy’ to live there and enjoy two spare bedrooms.
Though move to the social rented sector and for a calendar month there a 3 bed is roughly £400 per calendar month too yet you will only get £300 in ‘subsidy’ because it is a social housing property.
Cameron has lied about the bedroom tax many times before and in parliament too as I have reported here and here and here and here…and on many other occasions too. He is an inveterate liar on the bedroom tax, its purported fairness and on Housing Benefit matters generally and he must be the only person who actually believes IDS on this as IDS has lied about the bedroom tax on literally hundred of occasions.
Here is a tiny sample of them.
I wont put links on to the many times Lord Freud, Steve Webb and Esther McVey (it’s ok I have had garlic today!) have all lied about the bedroom tax in parliament and in public.
However this all about fairness and all about bringing the social rented sector in line with the private rented sector, is, and always has been a load of political spin, or in lay terms bollocks, and a known lie by the Tory-led coalition to sell it on this fraudulent basis of ‘fairness.’ Time we put that matter to bed and time someone in the Labour Party got a dictionary out and looked up the word “Opposition!”