Pensioners could be hit by a new “bedroom tax”. The government wants to cut housing benefit for elderly people who have a spare room. But experts say there aren’t enough smaller homes to move into – particularly for pensioners who need ground floor flats.
Some people will lose up to £34 a week if this cut goes ahead. If you’re on a state pension, it could mean choosing between turning on the heating or paying your rent.
Back in 2012, the government protected pensioners from the original bedroom tax. They knew then that it would be too controversial to turf elderly people out of their homes but now the Government wants to try out it’s luck there are charities petitioning the Government ahead of it’s plans