The benefit cap prevents the bedroom tax from working – IDS, rectum and humerus!

IDS does your left hand know what the right is doing?

  1. IDS says bedroom tax is to free up under occupied social housing properties for overcrowded households.
  2. 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.

HOWEVER

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!

 

 

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10 thoughts on “The benefit cap prevents the bedroom tax from working – IDS, rectum and humerus!

  1. They know who we are, where we live, what benefits we receive and that there are insufficient properties for us to downsize. The bedroom tax is about clawing back benefits entitlement, It has nothing to do with getting the right sized family into the right sized home. Social housing tenants are not permitted to swap with private tenants, therefore this theory doesn’t work either way. On top of this my local council now, will not allow a person in a 3 bedroom home to swap to a 2 bedroom (even though there’s no 1 bedrooms available) as they will no longer allow for a spare room . Therefore single tenant stuck in 3 bedroom house with 2 spare rooms is ok but having 1 spare bedroom is not. Also finding someone on a home swap site living in 1 bedroom property, suitably overcrowded to meet the criteria to entitle them to a 3 bedroom property, is highly unlikely. I could go on, and on but now I am boring myself. The bedroom tax is a load of cobblers!

  2. Reblogged this on SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH and commented:
    “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!”

    Iain Duncan Smith is neither as thick as “porcine faeces” nor is he clueless.

    He, and his cohorts know exactly what they are doing- and why.

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