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Berneslai Homes Releases Latest Bedroom Tax Figures

Thursday January 9 2014




THE number of people in Barnsley who have paid all their rent arrears following the introduction of the so-called 'bedroom tax' has risen by 17 per cent since April.

There are 2,700 tenants in Barnsley affected by the 'tax', which is a reduction in the amount of housing benefit people living in social housing receive if they're deemed to have a spare bedroom.

The latest figures from Berneslai Homes show 947 people had completely paid off the outstanding amount by November 20, while only three per cent of people still owe all of it.

Mark McGee, director of housing management, said: "Three per cent of people haven't paid anything, but 97 per cent of people are trying to pay something - of which 80 per cent of people have paid more than 75 per cent of what's due.

"The bottom line is that people are finding it very difficult but are trying to pay something.

"We always knew people would try their hardest to pay. We've given people a lot of information and advised them what their options are.

"Rent arrears have gone up a bit, but it's not just because of the bedroom tax. There's real pressure on households across the board, particularly for those who are in work or receive little or no housing benefit, because of things like rising utility bills and low wages."

Of the 37 rent arrears cases heard in court last month, only two involved the bedroom tax.

A suspended possession order was given for one, and the other was suspended for 56 days to seek an extension of discretionary housing payment.

Of the 2,700 people affected by the bedroom tax, 15 per cent said they wished to downsize.

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Reply Posted by TC on Thursday January 9 2014 at 12:23
Rent or mortgage, benefits or wages. I think everyone's really feeling the pinch at the moment.

Reply Posted by blahblahblah on Thursday January 9 2014 at 14:23
So they av realised they were fightin a losin battle and so they shud b made to pay up or downsize id love to live in a mansion but my wage can't afford it so gotta av wat I can afford

Reply Posted by Fred on Monday January 13 2014 at 20:43
Why do people talk utter bullcrap on WAB. blahblahblah there is a shortage of 1 and 2 bed properties. So how can people downsize you complete utter nob.

Reply Posted by tenant on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:45
people cant downsize because all the smaller places are taken up by the growing number off out of town citizens.... so are the one bedroom flats as well as the 2,3 or 4 bedroom houses so not a chance

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday January 9 2014 at 17:57
No one stops to consider the pinch on people mortgage, when we don't pay were out... Simple. If council house people don't pay it should be the same. I know there are different reasons for them to be in that situation but they still aren't exception to the rule

Reply Posted by Tom on Friday January 10 2014 at 00:48
Interest rates have been artificially reduced to just 0.5% and are at their lowest level in the history of the BoE which is now 320 years old. Nobody with a mortgage should be feeling the pinch.

It is the low rates which are driving the inflation in the cost of things like food, fuel etc. via devaluation of the currency, but they also make 'money' cheap, and lower the servicing costs of loans and mortgages.

It's when interest rates rise, that people with mortgages shall start to feel the pinch.

If the BoE base rate rises to it's long term average rate of 5-6% then the repayments people make on mortgages will rise quite substantially,

Reply Posted by Dan on Saturday January 11 2014 at 22:30
Your comment seems so out of place on the We Are Barnsley site. Weird to see someone who knows what they are talking about, and with a few facts to hand.

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Monday January 13 2014 at 15:11
Or perhaps it is because many people on WAB seem to be unable to read properly or write nevermind understand economics or politics!

They are too busy trying to type the local dialect or ignoring all spelling and grammar.

Reply Posted by jon on Monday January 13 2014 at 20:07
they get a free 3 bedroom house they stand outside the court protesting bout how they cant afford to pay the tax...BUT they all got they cigs,they can of lagers,there kids,,there brand new trakis on and base ball caps mek em pay the lot for me .......all take no give.

Reply Posted by Barry on Monday January 13 2014 at 20:08
Just to make anon and blahblahblah happy, a neighbour of mine who has learning difficulties and her disabled son were evicted due to the bedroom tax on Thursday, they're now on relatives floors.

I hope that information gives you a warm glow.

Reply Posted by Gary on Monday January 13 2014 at 21:28
Tony your priorities are all out of order if you and your children are homeless yet you can afford a device with Internet access and also the internet itself and have the time to make idle threats on a website. Put that energy, spare time and spare cash into making a better life for you and yours before your kids grow up as wasters too.

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 21:44
@tony as a regular member that slates BMBC for its polices and rash ides I'm not going to sit back and let you slag them off.

Firstly BMBC Bernsali Homes. Will have in fact written to you over a large period of time to discuss your rent arrears.

You will have received more letters than Christmas and Birthday cards from all your friends and family.

Because you receive Income Support you are the most Protected person in Society. So to reach £2100 in arrears means you have a bigger debt in housing terms as the National Debt of Brazil.

It is quiet clear you can speck and have if what some questionable ways of communicating with WAB and Internet use.

You are typical whats wrong with the Benefits system of 2014. You give the wrong information and it's people like you that the working people think the system is full of.

Stop moaning you are a disgrace to your family and your children.


Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 21:48
@tony another thing you refer to your solicitor. Do you mean. The hard working Tax Payer your totally waste of space.

They would be better of spending your Solicitor fees to find your kids a good foster home

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:00
O oh!
The Anderson shelters calling!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:06
THERE WILL BE A STREET CALLED ANDERSON COMING TO AN AREA NEAR YOU..

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:11
If got the key LOL if you need a corner!

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:12
@lLOL I've been watching Aston Villa v Arsenal and got tide up with Benefit Tony have I missed that programmne

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:23
Just watching it LOL. Im thinking we might be safer living in Anderson Ave,then we can leave the mucky buggers to get on with it! I reckon we,all soon be outnumbered!

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:24
LOl it's the Way forward. After 3 months they become legally allowed to Join council housing waiting lists and claim housing Benifit working or not. And unemployment Benefit WOW.

If they have children they will be given PRIORITY housing not bad for 3 months in UK and paid nothing in.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:25
Haha! I can imagine your temper! Its making me titter.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:28
WATCHING THE PROGRAM MAKES ME FEEL I AM IN A NICE LITTLE PLACE HERE..HAHAHHAHAAH

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:28
God! Its scaring me!
Its horrible.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:32
Our politicians have allowed all this! I truly don't understand.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:34
Ar so you made it to the Anderson then LOL!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:35
AND ALL THE POLITICIANS STATE " IMMIGRATION IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY"

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:37
1ST PERSON ME TO HAVE SKY AND INTERNET IN MY ANDERSON.

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:38
I almost forgot FREE NHS Hospitial treatment dentist and free education fro day 1 I'm going to be I'm drained today. Good Night WABERS

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:40
Haha kfc! Have a little nip to give you a ten Bob wobble on! It works every time.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:40
THEY ON THERE WAY LOL! LOCK YOUR ANDERRSON!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:45
NO ROOM ONLY 1 BEDROOM WITH ALL THE PUBLICITY ON THE ANDERSONS IM HOPE TO MAKE A NICE LITTLE SEMI FOR MY FAMILY

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:49
No excuse mate. There's 14 in a 2 bedroom. Hope your old gals a good cook!
All joking apart,its wrong though.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:54
THIS IS ALL WRONG SID@ THIS MUST BE HAPPENING AT LOTS OF TOWNS THIS CANT BE GOOD FOR COUNTRY IM SICK OF LISTENING TO POLITICIANS ABOUT HOW SUCH A GOOD THING IMMIGRATION HIS BENEFICIAL FOR US

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:59
ITS A WONDERFUL WORLD WE LIVE IN LOL

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 23:01
True LOL. Why can they not see it? I haven't noticed any murmers from the political party's about Benefit street,yet there's been a public outcry! I hope they're hanging their heads in shame. Unless they have no sky an telly in their Anderson's? They must hide away somewhere,because they're not on our planet!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 23:14
MUST DASH SID UP FOR WORK EARLY TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR MY BEAUTIFUL FAMILY

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 23:31
Hey LOL! You sound like Mr.Khan!

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday January 13 2014 at 23:51
THATS MY BLOODY BROTHER SID KESTREL OUT TONIGHT

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:09
@sid Tony has brought the best of me. I spend half my posts I believe quiet rightly bring BMBC and the Councillors to book.

My other posts re spent again protecting the Genuine unemployed Sick people the elderly the young people.

Then Tony comes along. You can see why hard working family's that are struggling to pay there rents mortgages and food and utility bills.

All of a sudden Benefit Tony pops up with his crap. it's not surprising working people class think all benefit claimants are like Tony.

This low life deserves nothing in life. Let's hope his children have a mother or a figure Foster parent.


Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:18
I'm your alli on this kfc,your post makes sense.
I've polished my tin hat!
I must say when I read Tony's post I thought the same.

Reply Posted by Mr khan here on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 19:12
Sid was watching the one show tonight and The matter was about Benefit St .Did you get to see..

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:26
SID the only polished hat or protection these kids need if from that excuse that thinks he's a dad.

God I'm boiling he's done me.

Reply Posted by sid on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:38
Crikey @ kfc...don't watch benefit street then! You,all blow the top out a the Anderson! Its unbelievable!

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:29
Tom Bank of England rates are not mortgage rates. First time buyers or high risk as banks like to call them with less than a 25% mortgage are paying 5 - 6% on their mortgages which is about the same as they were prior to recession add to the fact that house prices more than doubled in the years 2000 - 2008 wages didn't so that 5% on that 75 grand house in 2000 is now 5% on a 160 grand house today for a first time buyer, which is the higher figure? I hope you're not in charge of the pennies in your home.

Reply Posted by Rosie on Monday January 13 2014 at 22:54
So what we are protesters from barnsley bedroom tax campaign and we stand out court to give people advice who are affected by the bedroom tax no we dont stand outside court with fags booze and new designer trainers we cant afford it same has the bedroom tax people i am for one affected by it

Reply Posted by Matter of fact on Tuesday January 14 2014 at 16:10
No matter who you are where your from and how much money you have there's 2 sure things in life death and taxes and we all have the same size grave

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday January 15 2014 at 10:09
Highly emotive issue the bedroom tax and personally I don't think it is fair.

But you have to look at the bigger picture, why do you think the Tories introduced this nasty "tax"?
Were they bored one day and then had a brainwave?

They use the bedroom tax as a "big stick" which seriously harms the poorer people and disabled who are in social housing.

Oh but the disabled are exempt I hear you say? Erm no the Tories say disabled people are exempt but it is evidently clear they are not.

On to the social aspect of the bedroom tax, it was always clear that there would never be enough smaller properties to move into so therefore the Tories knew that the tenant would either have to put up, shut up and pay the bedroom tax or go out and get a job.

Don't be fooled people, all the bedroom tax is:
A - Highly divisive tool to get revenues in from the poorest in society
B - Another way of shoving long term claimants into minimum wage jobs

Just to reiterate regarding a previous post on "the loophole", for those not in the know apparently someone has found a loophole on the bedroom tax whereby someone who has lived in social housing since 1996 then they should be classed as exempt from the bedroom tax.

Don't get your hopes up though, the Tories will only apply retrospective legislation to ensure that "the loophole" is firmly closed.