‘Exempt carers from Bedroom Tax’

 

A LABOUR councillor called for Charnwood Borough Council to treat carers in the same manner as war widows and exempt them from the Spare Room Subsidy known as the Bedroom Tax.

“There are 21 households including a resident carer affected by the Bedroom Tax”

Coun Robert Sharp, deputy leader of the opposition Labour group, told a full council meeting: “There are 21 households including a resident carer affected by the Bedroom Tax. In view of the small numbers could the leader agree to treat carers in the same manner as war widows and exempt them from the Bedroom Tax.”

Coun Jane Hunt, speaking on behalf of Coun Jenny Bokor, who is the lead member for benefits, said the council understands the personal sacrifice made by all those who act as carers. She said that discretionary funds were available to support them but that some of the carers level of income exceeded £670 a week, which would exclude them from accessing the funds.

Coun Sharp also asked other questions including whether tenants could afford to pay the Bedroom Tax?

The council said that of the 158 tenants not in receipt of Discretionary Housing Payments, they were all fully up to date with rent payments.

He also asked whether tenants hit by the tax were able to move – and how many had been successful in down sizing?

Coun Hunt said that 44 tenants have moved, 18 have transferred to other council or registered social landlord properties, 18 have moved by way of mutual exchange and eight moved to non council or non registered social landlord properties. Coun Sharp also asked about the elderly and how many tenants of pension credit age have registered to downsize in the last two calendar years. The council said that 32 had done so – and 14 had been successful.

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