Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Bedroom tax hitting domestic violence victims

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the government to stop forcing domestic violence victims to pay the Bedroom Tax on safe rooms.

Women in Dudley at risk of attack from ex-partners face losing around £700 a year in housing benefit if they have a safe room, unless they move to home lacking this protection.

Panic rooms have bolted doors and windows to protect women and their children if they are under attack, with many containing a direct phone line to the police.

Since the Bedroom Tax was introduced in April last year it has affected 3,333 Dudley homes with rent arrears rising by 50 per cent and just 81 tenants moving to smaller accommodation.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s bad enough that the Bedroom Tax isn’t working and could cost more than it saves.

“Now it’s making houses with safe rooms unaffordable for women and children at risk of violence from ex-partners. The government urgently needs to rectify this.”

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