Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Bedroom Tax costing Merseyside households £14 million a year


20 September 2018
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Thousands of poorer households in Merseyside are having to pay an annual Bedroom Tax bill of £14 million.

Figures obtained from the House of Commons Library by Frank Field MP suggest that, in the most recent 12 months for which data are available, on average, 18,026 households in Merseyside each month had a weekly amount of £15.14 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £14 million in deductions across the year.

Of these totals, the figures suggest that, on average:
- 2,619 households in Wirral each month had a weekly amount of £14.91 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £2 million in deductions across the year.
- 2,248 households in St Helens each month had a weekly amount of £15.47 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £1.8 million in deductions across the year.
- 1,186 households in Halton each month had a weekly amount of £15.32 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £900,000 in deductions across the year.
- 2,223 households in Sefton each month had a weekly amount of £15.77 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £1.8 million in deductions across the year.
- 7,260 households in Liverpool each month had a weekly amount of £14.72 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £5.5 million in deductions across the year.
- 2,490 households in Knowsley each month had a weekly amount of £15.64 deducted from their housing benefit, totalling £2 million in deductions across the year.

Commenting on the figures, Frank said: ‘The Bedroom Tax snatches money back from social tenants who can’t move to smaller accommodation – often none is available. It is netting the Treasury around £1 million a year from poorer people in Birkenhead alone. Nearly three quarters of the households in Birkenhead who are penalised contain at least one person who is disabled.

‘The wicked irony lies in the fact that, should such tenants move out of their social homes, they may find themselves being eligible for higher rent payments in the private sector.

‘Is it any wonder that so many families are struggling to make ends meet when this is just one of a whole barrage of cuts the Government has made to their incomes in recent years?’




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