IDS does your left hand know what the right is doing?
- IDS says bedroom tax is to free up under occupied social housing properties for overcrowded households.
- IDS also proposes to reduce the overall benefit cap to £23k per year or £440.79 per week.
So far no contention that IDS wants the above two – yet here is why they contradict.
Mrs & Mrs Jones solely under occupy a 3 bed social housing property and cannot afford to pay the £25 per week bedroom tax on their £100 per week social housing property.. They are forced to leave due to the bedroom tax deduction and the Smiths – a couple with 4 children living in an overcrowded 2 bed privately rented flat – wish to move in. They should and will according to IDS’s theory.
The Smiths despite being the political epitome of the “hardworking family” have one wage earner in a zero hours contract job.
You are the allocation officer for the social landlord and you have to ask yourself what happens if Mr Smith loses his job.
All of a sudden the benefit cap comes into play as the Smiths would qualify for £401.72 per week in welfare benefit and child tax credits that leaves them entitled to a maximum of £39.07 per week in Housing Benefit. The Smiths would have to find £60.93 per week towards their rent and that is much more than the under occupying Jones household who could not afford £25 per week.
The benefit cap in practice stops the overcrowded household moving into a freed-up bedroom tax property in social housing.
Or to put it far more simply – IDS you are as thick as porcine faeces and don’t have a bloody clue what the hell you are doing!