Plea to Sheffield council over impact of ‘bedroom tax’ on families

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CAMPAIGNERS against the ‘bedroom tax’ are calling on Sheffield Council not to take action against people who cannot afford extra rent to stay in their current homes.

The cut to housing benefit for people with spare bedrooms comes into force in April and is estimated to affect 6,000 households in Sheffield.

Sheffield Council’s Green Party members have put forward a motion to Wednesday’s full meeting of the authority.

Green Central ward councillor Jillian Creasy said: “The council could look into whether it can reclassify homes so they don’t get hit by the change and ask Sheffield Homes not to evict where rent arrears are due to the cuts in housing benefit.”

Shirley Frost, of Defend Council Housing, has written to council leader Coun Julie Dore, also calling for the authority not to take action against people who cannot afford extra rent to stay at their current addresses.

A protest rally against the changes has been held in Sheffield.

The Government said homes with spare bedrooms should be re-allocated to families to help tackle a housing shortage.