MP's praise as Wirral social landlord strikes a blow for tenants against 'bedroom tax' (From Wirral Globe)
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MP's praise as Wirral social landlord strikes a blow for tenants against 'bedroom tax'
SOCIAL housing landlord Magenta Living has struck a blow for tenants struggling to meet the Government’s so-called “bedroom tax” demands.
The move follows strong lobbying from Birkenhead MP Frank Field who has called the tax “iniquitous.”
He welcomed the decision by Magenta Living to consider reclassifying rooms to give tenants a reprieve from benefit cuts.
The aim is to reduce the number of bedrooms per property.
Mr Field said: “This is a first class move by Magenta Living which I wholeheartedly support.
“The bedroom tax is iniquitous and Magenta is clearly undertaking this review with tenants in mind and I think they need to be applauded.
“The next step is for the Government to abandon this wicked measure.”
Brian Simpson, Magenta Living chief executive, said: "Magenta Living is developing a scheme to relocate poorly insulated prefabricated bathroom units which were fitted many years ago to the rear of some houses into the inside of these homes.
"The consequence of this work will be that the number of bedrooms will be reduced in these properties.
"We have not yet consulted our tenants on the scheme and are not able to comment further at this time."
Magenta Living – formerly called Wirral Partnership Homes – took over Wirral Council’s entire housing stock in 2005 in a not-for-profit transfer of around 12,000 properties.
• The “bedroom tax” applies to tenants living in homes with more bedrooms than the Government thinks are necessary – with children under-16 of the same gender and all children under-10 expected to share.
• It is not actually a tax, but a cut in benefits. One “extra” room will cost the tenant 14% of their housing benefit. Two or more will cost 25%.
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