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Bedroom tax will force one in five to move, says Cumbrian housing association

A housing association has spoken out about controversial benefit changes which are due to come in from April.

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I think this is a good idea maybe then I will get a bigger house I need having shared a room with my teenage daughter for the last seven yrs when there's family's with way younger kids in bigger houses and don't even use the extra bedroom so I think it is fair

Posted by Anon on 17 March 2013 at 12:24

@spitfire well said but you will be exempt :)

Posted by nelly on 12 March 2013 at 20:35

@Barry if you are pension credit age which is currently 61.5 you are exempt

Posted by nelly on 12 March 2013 at 17:56

I am 63 on DLA does this make any difference

Posted by Barry on 12 March 2013 at 12:11

Yet another stupid comment. You should think yourself lucky that you could afford a mortgage in the first place and there is actually a scheme designed to help pay peoples mortgages when they loose their jobs.people on job seekers allowance get no next to nothing where do you think they have any left over money to pay this tax!!!

Posted by nelly on 12 March 2013 at 12:10

well ive always been honest all my life,paid all my bills on time, and struggled for living in a 2 bedroom flat.aged 64,on pension credit as my only income,and will after pay bedroom tax.from now on ill be withdrawing all my 2weekly pension credit from my bank,and putting it in a tin under my bed,the least the goverment knows the better,the goverments the robbers so why are people calling people on benefits.

Posted by spitfire on 12 March 2013 at 09:12

Me, me, me, me, me. That's all we get from the left on here.

I agree that JSA is very little and yes, many do struggle. But why no outcry for those who have lost their jobs but have a mortgage to pay? At least if you are in rented accommodation you'll get your rent paid and council tax paid (or most of it). But if you are a homeowner you get very little, if any, help.

It shows just where the lefts priorities lie, and the sheer hypocrisy and 'couldn't care less' attitude by those in rented accommodation towards the rest of us in society. Labour merely secure votes by promising the unemployed living in rented accommodation everything with no regard to the financial consequences. And they despise everyone else because they'll soon find a job, or lose their house, and continue to either pay for the lefts core voters. Or perhaps become one when they've lost their home.

Why should someone who works hard, buys a house, and struggles to pay their bills due to rising costs and no wage rises for years get no help whilst those in rented accommodation get lots handed to them on a plate but still whinge on because it's never enough?

All we see is an outcry for the left and the unions bleating on about hardships whilst ignoring those in society who are actively doing everything they can to be self dependant. Not everyone who is unemployed lives in a Riverside house (who I'm sure make more than enough money from the rents paid by the government).

Would those supporting spare rooms on the state be happy to contribute towards homeowners living in small properties upsizing to a bigger home so they can have a spare room? I doubt it.

Posted by Dave Evans on 12 March 2013 at 08:30

Well, Jimbo. Thanks for that. No facts, no figures, no real information, just the assertion that 'overseas workers' find jobs in the UK via backbone. Try reading my post properly. Simples.

Posted by M Hunter on 11 March 2013 at 22:58

@ m hunter I am pleased that there are at least a few like minded people out there...People only have to look at the amount of job seekers allowance that people are entitled to to surely be able to work out that they are not living the high life and yes some will be fiddling the system but there are a lot of WORKING people fiddling the system too..I am appalled at some of the attitudes displayed on here where is your compassion !!!

Posted by nelly on 11 March 2013 at 18:34

when they first said about this it was suppose to be to try and free up the larger houses that where being occupied by single elderly people but the government knew there would be uproar so they've changed it to them being exempt and they are targeting the lowest earners families on working tax or income support all the people on here slating everyone for being on housing benefit should really check there are an awful lot of people who are in work who through no fault of theirs also have to claim housing benefit because of wage cuts or frozen pay or even so that they keep their jobs have taken a cut in hours please don't believe all the hype about life on benefits being a cushier choice because I've been there and it was awful

Posted by anon 2 on 11 March 2013 at 17:07

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