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One in five tenants fall behind on rent
9:20am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
One in five council tenants in Oxford have fallen behind on their rent following the implementation of the controversial so-called bedroom tax.
Earlier this year the Government introduced changes which mean social housing tenants who have a spare room will be deducted housing benefit.
The figures, which have been obtained by the Trades Union Congress, show that 601 of Oxford City Council’s tenants have been affected by the controversial change.
Of these people 114 – or 19 per cent – have since gone into arrears on their rent.
City council leader Bob Price said: “It is fairly obvious that what the bedroom tax would do is create financial problems for families who are in receipt of housing benefits.
“We are doing what we can to help these families, in some cases providing discretionary housing benefit and in other cases finding alternative accommodation for them, but that is very difficult because of the lack of supply.”
Nationally one in three council housing tenants have fallen behind on their rent.