Monday 13 January 2014 10.12am
- A loophole in the legislation is alleged to mean that tenants resident since 1996 are exempt.
'The error affects working age tenants in social housing who have occupied the same home continuously since 1996. An oversight by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) when drafting the legislation means that the housing benefit regulations dating from 1996 were not updated when the coalition legislated for the bedroom tax.
...All could be eligible for refunds worth on average at least £640 per claimant and millions in aggregate.'
South Wales Echo
"..if you have lived in the same property since January 1, 1996, or before AND have been in continuous receipt of housing benefit (full or just one pence per week), in meeting these two conditions you are almost certainly exempt from the bedroom tax. "
Can we please have some facts?
If a fraction of the accusations are true then many tenants have been swindled out of thousands of pounds, and are due full compensation, including an element for distress and enforced hardship, possibly including consequences to health.
They need a solid basis for any claims, and to know what to say to benefit offices.
What is Southwark's response to this development, and what advice can it give its many claimants who have lived in the same property since 1996.