SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH

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PENSIONERS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE BEDROOM TAX!

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I went round to see a friend of mine this evening. He is 71 and a pensioner. His wife is younger, and not yet of pensionable age. Although he has been told consistently, the housing benefit changes will not affect pensioners, this week he discovered, that in fact it will. He lives in a 4 bedroomed house, where he has raised a family, who have gone on to raise their own and has several grandchildren, who often come to stay with him. He has now been told that because his wife is not a pensioner, he will have to pay the ‘bedroom Tax’ or move to smaller, more suitable accommodation.

I did some checking and found this-

http://www.housing.org.uk/policy/welfare_reform/faqs.aspx

From October 2013, when Universal Credit is introduced, if either member in a couple is under the qualifying age for pension credit then the couple will be treated as working age. This means they would be expected to claim Universal Credit, and would therefore be subject to the size criteria and benefit cap.

And this-

http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/welfare-reform-act-2012

Note also that while the government says that pensioners are not affected, if their partner is not a pensioner and so they have to claim UC rather than pension credit, they could be affected unless they are excepted from the general rule.

So much for the government’s claim it won’t affect pensioners; question is, will this apply if you are a pensioner and have a son or daughter- or even lodger or carer of working age living with you?

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Written by Smiling Carcass

01/09/2012 at 12:10 AM

3 Responses

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  1. Yet again the Coalition government is caught out in a lie and, yet again, it’s up to other people, like the writer of this blog, to make this information public.
    Malevolent.

    Mike Sivier

    01/09/2012 at 3:00 AM

    • I shudder to think what other ‘nasties’ are hidden deep within the legislation we are being drip-fed.

      Smiling Carcass

      01/09/2012 at 3:01 AM

  2. Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    If you’re a pensioner, and you’ve got a partner below pensionable age, you’d better start saving your pennies!

    Mike Sivier

    01/09/2012 at 3:00 AM


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