One in three disabled refused help in Rotherham

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Almost one in three disabled people in Rotherham hit by the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ have been refused discretionary payments to help them meet the shortfall in their rent, new research has found.

Demand for the support has tripled this year but applicants face a postcode lottery when it comes to being accepted, according to the National Housing Federation.

It found 29 per cent of applications from disabled people in the town were rejected – a figure worse than for some other authorities.

NHF chief executive David Orr said: “Bedroom tax protection is starting to look like a postcode lottery, with many disabled people facing miserable odds of getting help.”