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Housing benefits: Changes 'see 6% of tenants move'

About 6% of social housing tenants in Britain affected by changes to benefits partly designed to cut under-occupancy have moved home, BBC research suggests.

30 March 2014

Ministers claim the policy - dubbed a bedroom tax by critics - frees up big homes and saves the taxpayer £1m a day.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said the government was "on track" to reach its target of 30% by 2017.

Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms said the policy had been a "disaster" and should be scrapped.

BBC analysis of the data from social housing providers also suggested 28% of affected tenants were in rent arrears for the first time in the past 12 months.

But Ms McVey disputed this figure, saying feedback from local authorities and the National Housing Federation had found an "indiscernible number" of tenants were in arrears.

She said 50% were already in arrears before the policy was brought in.


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