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U-turn on new bedroom tax celebrated
8:40am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
“Bedroom tax” critics have welcomed a partial u-turn on plans to cut benefits to social housing tenants for having empty rooms.
The Government will introduce the new policy, which will affect 7,000 people in Sussex, from April 1.
But, just weeks before it comes into force, welfare secretary Iain Duncan-Smith said about 5,000 approved foster carers who have taken a child into their care in the last 12 months will now be exempt.
Parents whose children live at home but are away on operations with the armed forces will also not be charged for their child’s “spare bedroom”, as long as their offspring intend to return home.
Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said: “The eleventh hour decision to exempt foster carers and families with children in the armed forces from the new bedroom tax is a huge win for social justice – and a sign that the Government is beginning to recognise just how flawed and unfair this policy is.
“However, ministers should now go further and exempt disabled people too in order to protect the most vulnerable.”
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