Spare Bedroom? Lose HB or Move. Another Social Housing Bombshell.

The Welfare Reform Bill – currently going through Parliament – will try to match families to the right sized property, which could be via a housing association on a housing estate.

According to Lord Freud, this means that having a spare bedroom is going to be considered “a luxury”.

People who live in a social housing property with a spare bedroom will lose £11 a week from their housing benefit under reform plans – while those with two or three spare rooms could be set to lose around £20 a week.

What Lord Freud has not said is if this is going to affect current tenants. If it does, I’m assuming those of us with a spare bedroom will be forced to move or forced to pay.

If it only affects new tenants then, OK, I can just about run with that, but as families grow, Social Mobility will be even more in need.

As usual, Social Housing Tenants are being targeted.


  1. paul carne June 7, 2011
  2. mags September 8, 2013

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