[quote=“Chubbster”] Hi Andy. I’ve been on the phone 3 times today trying to sort this bedroom tax out. Finally spoken to somebody who knew what that they were talking about. She told me the only people affected will be those in social housing. I’m wanting to move out of social housing and into private. Going on this info i can still go ahead with my application
I am afraid that if you are looking at renting privately and giving up a council or a hosuing association flat then you will have to pay for the second bedroom. Local councils now have to use what is called a Local Housing Allowance and this is calcualted on the rents locally and can be quite a bit less than the rents locally if they are a lot higher than the LHA rates. LHA’s came into force in about 2009. If you also rent a two bed roomed flat from a housing association and it is only you living there then the same rules will apply. I know of two or three fellow Ms’ers who live on their own and have fallen into this trap. These rules for council/housing association housing have only just come into force and it is causing a lot of problems nationwide, especially where I am in the South East and in London.
The only way that it possible to have a two bed roomed flat is if you need the second bedroom for someone such as a carer or a friend/relative who has stay over to look after you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings but is it possible for you to stay where you are as if there is a difference between the rates of the LHA and what your rent is, it will HAVE to come out of the benefits you receive. This happened to me when I rented privately before I moved inthe hosuing association flat that I am currently living in.
As for you, you mad gorgeous honourary Scot Hazel, I cound’t agree with you more about the scroungers, at least the ones who have lived off benefits for as long as they can remember!