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Residents Claim 'Bedroom Tax' Refund

Monday March 3 2014

OVER 250 people in Barnsley have received their share of nearly £170,000 after wrongly paying the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

In January, the Department for Work and Pensions admitted it had made a mistake when passing bedroom tax legislation and said up to 5,000 would be entitled to a refund.

It meant that one in 14 of those paying bedroom tax in Barnsley were eligible for money back.

"The mistake happened when the government did not update housing benefit regulations when new legislation was drafted," said Dearne MP John Healey.

"It means council and housing association tenants who have lived in the same home and been entitled to housing benefit since 1996 are eligible for a refund on bedroom tax paid since April.

Nationally, the bedroom tax hits 660,000 people, of which 400,000 are disabled. It costs the average family £720 a year.

"The government should scrap the bedroom tax altogether," Mr Healey added. "It's a cruel and unfair policy that has forced families to use food banks and could end up costing more than it saves."

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Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday March 4 2014 at 13:12
And rightly so!

Reply Posted by xxxx on Wednesday March 5 2014 at 00:02
so what will happen to the people who struggled to pay the bedroom tax and in the end had to leave their homes to downsize,will they be able to claim back what they payed up to them leaving their homes

Reply Posted by Delsa on Thursday March 6 2014 at 18:06
For gods sake, they live in a house for less than anyone who actually try's to own their own. Expect a massive house with extra bedrooms and then get a refund!!!. Wow what a fantastic weekend they will have extra booze and fags!!. Whoop whoop

Reply Posted by LV on Thursday March 6 2014 at 20:57
Actually Delsa, all council tenants and the vast majority of housing association tenant's housing benefit is paid directly to their rent accounts, they don't actually see the money. The refund will most likely just take of some of their arrears so DHP wouldn't be needed. The 'bedroom tax' will then not affect them until the amendments are made to the housing act.

I would also imagine that anyone who downsized who this would have applied to will receive a refund of the reduction up until them moving home - the fact that they have now moved just means they won't have been affected by it.

Be aware that these refunds aren't just given, if you think the circumstances may apply to you or someone you know you need to contact the benefits section for advice.

Reply Posted by Delsa on Thursday March 6 2014 at 23:20
No it doesn't apply to me. I work!, my husband works!, we have a mortgage and we pay it best we can.
By ourselves no benefits included. Ah the working life sucks.

Reply Posted by Gray on Sunday March 9 2014 at 20:47
Delsa - you need to get a proper job with proper wages!!!

Reply Posted by mrs fed up on Friday March 7 2014 at 07:43
Where do people get the idea that everyone who gets any kind of benefits smoke n drink .the majority do neither. Also many people who get housing benefit work hard too but their. Wages are so low they can't afford the rent so need help from housing benefit. No one would choose a life on benefit it's not a life it's an existence . Most people on benefits get very little money . They can barely afford to eat and pay the bills . As lv said housing benefit is mostly paid direct to the landlord unless you are unfortunate enough to have a private money grabbing landlord. Take a look at the figures there aren't enough jobs for everyone . There are far more unemployed people or people on zero hour contracts than there are jobs available.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday March 7 2014 at 11:01
Don't be silly Mrs fed up, EVERYONE who gets ANY kind of benefits have the following:

42 inch flatsscreen telly
latest I-Phone 5
Drive round in brand new cars
go out on the town every night drinking cocktails
600 fags a day
and visit foodbanks for "free" food

Well at least that is what the gutter Toru tabloids such as the Sun and Daily Fail tell us....

But we know the "true" story don't we...

There are 3 MILLION people unemployed and only 596,00 jobs available, it doesn't take a genius to work out that there aren't enough jobs to go around and that even if those unemployed people did manage to get a job there would STILL be 2,404,000 people STILL unemployed...

Whether the Tories like it or not unless they can "magic" 2.5 MILLION jobs from somewhere than benefits and the welfare state are here to stay, despite nefarious Tory attempts to erode benefits and the welfare state.

People have to rely on "top ups" such as housing benefit and tax credits because a large majority of employers only pay the minimum wage because it is the benchmark rate of pay and they can get away with it.

Up the rate of the minimum wage to £8.50 - £10 an hour and problem solved...

Will never happen though as the Tory party donators (Asos) simply wouldn't stand it.

Reply Posted by Pearl on Saturday March 8 2014 at 12:00
Steveo - excellent post but you have missed out on one thing - Everybody on benefits haa two holidays a year!

Reply Posted by kfc on Saturday March 8 2014 at 18:25
I've lived and worked in London for 15 years of my life in 20 diffrent areas of all the City and surrounding times.

The vast majority of Londoners are rude vile and have the attitude up yours I'm all right Jack.

The don't speack to the next door neighbours and certainly don't have xonversation on the trains or tubes going to and returning from work.

The complete with each other and are happy to stab there work colleagues any chance they get.

The crime is horendous and the Police constantly fiddle the crime figures.

It not unusual for police or local authorities to findeople that's has died in the homes or flats for 6 months or more.

In a Nuttshell it's the Dickhead Capital of the world.

Where people go live and work and think their better than the next person.

Londeners hate Northerners and if you think you go to London to mix in with the Cockneys your wrong. they are smiling assassin's. They would rather spit in your face than genuinely welcome you to London.

Born and Bred a Yorkshire Man and proud.

Reply Posted by jenna on Sunday March 9 2014 at 18:22
Fedup a people on benefits being tarred with same brush. I am on jsa as a single parent and am trying to get a job! I don't have internet or sky tv,i smoke but only drink on a Friday,i go out once every 3 month if that so shallow minded people keep your opinions t yourself until u find rt all benefit ppl arent the same!

Reply Posted by bornandbredBarnsleylass on Sunday March 9 2014 at 18:27
I certainly do not have a flat surround screen tv, mine is a grey normal screened tv that cost me £25 second hand, i can't afford to go on my hols, not had one for years, I don't have a new car, don't drink or smoke, nor do i go to food banks, yet i am on benefits because i am disabled.
I didn't get a refund!!!!
It's either eat or heating on, and because of my illnesses i have to have the heating on. SO not ALL people on benefits have that luxury!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday March 10 2014 at 13:52
RE- Flat screen Telly I was being sarcastic naturally...

Reply Posted by x on Sunday March 9 2014 at 20:18
delsa my daughters rent is £108 a week,no shes not on benefits just wanted to point out not everyone with a mortgage pays more than people who rent

Reply Posted by Azizal on Sunday March 9 2014 at 21:44
No one should have to use a food bank
No one should have to worry about paying heating bills
No one should live in poverty
I have lived through the tories and 15% mortgage interest rates
I have lived through labour and their spend our money like water policies
The people that are rarely heard in this country are the day in Day out tax payers who fund the system in the first place.
My wife and I can claim nothing from the system
And have to budget every day. We would love a spare bedroom for instance but cannot afford to scale up. Why should we be subsidising a family to do what we can't afford to. The benefits system doesn't work anymore it has not evolved with the times. As for the lack of jobs. I have had to spend months trying to recruit well over minimum wage jobs. Applicants from school totally unemployable. No skills. Poor attitude. Way too high expectations for a starting position in a new job.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday March 10 2014 at 13:50
The highest interest rate under the Tories in the late 80's was 19%.