Bolton at Home owed £120,000 in rent 'because of the bedroom tax'

BOLTON’S biggest social landlord has lost more than £120,000 in unpaid rent in the last three months due to the government’s controversial “bedroom tax”. The Bolton News reported recently how more than three-quarters of Bolton at Home tenants hit by the “underoccupancy penalty” are already in rent arrears. The charge was introduced on April 1 as a way to free up homes for larger families. It deducts housing benefit from social and rented housing tenants if they have unused bedrooms, with the tenant having to make up the shortfall in rent themselves. Tenants with one spare bedroom have had a payment reduction of 14 per cent, and those deemed to have two or more spare a reduction of 25 per cent.