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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 November 2014

Flawed maths of the bedroom tax

Bedroom tax anti-eviction protest, Salford, 10.4.14, photo Hugh Caffrey

Bedroom tax anti-eviction protest, Salford, 10.4.14, photo Hugh Caffrey   (Click to enlarge)

I have been hit twice with the bedroom tax. The first time was last year when I was in a three bedroom place, as I was having my younger kids stay weekends, along with my older son living with me full time.

Not being able to afford the top-up, I decided to move to a two bedroom flat along with my son.

Then he left and a few months ago I was back to square one, having to pay the top up once again. I could not afford this and gave the place up.

When I was in a three bedroom home the rent was about 82 a week. But when I moved to a two bedroom flat the rent was 125 a week.

Why did I have to downsize for the council to pay an extra 40?

It would have been cheaper for them to keep me in the three bedroom and still have my kids stopping.

Scrap the bedroom tax!

Ian Radford, Grimsby Socialist Party

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