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What will YOU do when the bedroom tax comes in in April 2013?

Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by jiggajagga, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. jiggajagga

    jiggajagga Judge_Mental

    Hansard Lords 14 Feb:- Welfare reform bill says that people with 1 empty room on Housing benefit from April 2013 will have to pay extra £14 a week. 2 rooms empty £25 a week.

    What will you do?

    Move?
    Take a lodger in ( what Lord Freud suggests )?
    Eat less?
    Heat Less?
    What a fucking lousy country we are becoming:mad:
  2. Corax

    Corax This will change your life: http://bit.ly/19lPFRa

    Yes.
  3. two sheds

    two sheds not as daft as i look

    I've got 1 :(
  4. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    Shades of the window tax.
    I'll brick up the room.
  5. Corax

    Corax This will change your life: http://bit.ly/19lPFRa

    Turn it into a kinky dungeon.
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  6. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

    Convert the spare bedroom into a library - as these seem to be under threat too.
    Kippa, dennisr, weepiper and 3 others like this.
  7. jiggajagga

    jiggajagga Judge_Mental

    The trouble is that the Condems will use the councils official documents to define how many bedrooms a dwelling has:mad:
  8. jiggajagga

    jiggajagga Judge_Mental

    Hansard Feb 14th Column 711

    The landlords will be asked to be the tax collectors of the £14 per week from each liable tenant to make up the weekly deficit on the rent that the penalty will create. They know that they will have a huge job identifying who may be eligible. I am grateful for the reassurance from the Minister that there will not be an army of snoopers to check on whether a young person has left home or is away for just a few weeks. But landlords will have the problems of collecting the £14 per week or £25 per week if there are two rooms. That will not be covered by housing benefit any more.
  9. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Surrender your women and your intellectuals!

    Any room that could have a bed in will be defined a "bedroom". The exceptions are kitchens and bathrooms.

    Calling it a "study", "library" or "sitting room" will be futile.
  10. Greebo

    Greebo Czekałam na Ciebie

    This is a 1 bedroom flat, and defined by Lambeth council as that. So no change from the bedroom tax here.
  11. quimcunx

    quimcunx jesus tonsils

    We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will take your biological and technological distinctiveness and add it to our own. Your culture will assimilate to service us. Resistance is futile.
  12. moochedit

    moochedit Mr Mooched It

    what if you said you had 3 kitchens and 2 bathrooms ? :)
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  13. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    Then for every pound in rent you get they'll stop the same from your benefits. :(
  14. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    This.

    1 bedroom is over mine and next door hallway so I could sell them the spare room. :eek:
  15. kenny g

    kenny g Welcome!

    If they were planning on introducing triple council tax on second homes at the same time I may have some support for the policy. There are a lot of rooms being left empty and I can't see why this should be subsidised.
  16. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    Just stick a loo in the corner of each room. :)
  17. _angel_

    _angel_ pamphlet militancy

    They're even doing this to families who have kids occupying the bedrooms. Apparently they're meant to share, altho I don't know quite how many per room is the limit. They were also planning on fucking over non res parents with a 'spare' room for their kid and foster carers this way ffs.
  18. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    At what stage/age do brother and sister not have to share?
  19. maldwyn

    maldwyn What?

    Some Councils were looking into scrapping the second home CT discount, which has kind of inspired boroughs like Islington to take it one step further and seek to scrap the single person 25% discount.
  20. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    IIRC it was 10 years old.
  21. N_igma

    N_igma Epistemic nuisance

    This will never happen.
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  22. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    "Tory room share demand for siblings causes incest rise!"
  23. Greebo

    Greebo Czekałam na Ciebie

    I'd like to think you're right, but given the other things which have been pushed through, I think this one will happen.
  24. Corax

    Corax This will change your life: http://bit.ly/19lPFRa

    Knock all the interior walls down and make it into a studio.
  25. Frances Lengel

    Frances Lengel Atrophied Member

    I thought the house of lords had put the kybosh on this?
  26. treelover

    treelover For the 'Good Old Cause'

    In Germany, that oh so social democratic paradise, it is by the metre, seriously
  27. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Untermensch, and proud!

    With their housing (more than 60% apartments in miethaus-type blocks in most cities), it actually makes more sense, especially as many of the places are so substantially-built that shifting internal walls isn't a problem, and doesn't offend against the lease.
    Try doing that here, and the landlord would ride you out of town on a rail!
  28. jiggajagga

    jiggajagga Judge_Mental

    The government said they would use the Parliament Act 1911 to get the bill through regardless of what the Lords vote for.
  29. Das Uberdog

    Das Uberdog remembers the alamo

    what, do living rooms come under this as well? fucking appalling, they want to turn all of these houses into slums
  30. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Surely they don't - does anyone actually know for sure? Googling hasn't given me an answer.

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