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Research and insights1 October 2013

Bedroom tax savings questioned by new research

  • The Bedroom tax was introduced 1 April 2013 and affects an estimated 660,000 households.
  • Applying data to the Department for Work and Pensions’ model suggests that Housing Benefit cost savings may be £125m less than expected by the government.

Affinity Sutton, Riverside, Wigan and Leigh Housing and Gentoo have teamed up with the University of York to apply figures based on actual experience, to a model used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to estimate the savings reported to Parliament in impact assessments in 2011 and 2012.

Please note this research was conducted prior to Affinity Sutton merging with Circle Housing to create Clarion Housing Group.