Voluntary and community organisations across Wakefield District are experiencing additional demand on their services as a direct result of the under-occupancy charge or spare room subsidy (commonly known as the Bedroom Tax.)

The Assembly campaigned locally to try to reduce the impact of the under-occupancy charge on people living in Wakefield District.

Campaign Working Document

To find out more about this Assembly campaign see our working document (last updated: January 2014). The working document brings together the facts on this new charge and provides short case studies highlighting the impact it is having in Wakefield District. Under Occupancy Campaign Working Document (14 pages)

Reports

The links below signpost to further reading on this campaign topic.

Northern Housing Consortium Real Life Reform a unique study that tracks over a period of 18 months how people are living and coping with Welfare Reforms across the North of England. There are four reports the first was published in September 2013, and the most recent was made available in July 2014.
Visit www.northern-consortium.org.uk/reallifereform

University of York & Centre for Housing Policy A report exploring facts and figures on the savings anticipated by DWP through the introduction of the Bedroom Tax policy
Read Testing DWPs Assessment of the impact of the social rented sector size criterion on housing benefit costs and other factors (pdf, 18 pages)

Shelter Present evidence of the damaging effects of a chronic undersupply of affordable housing
Read Breaking Point: How unaffordable housing is pushing people to the limit (pdf, 24 pages)

National Housing Federation Read The Bedroom Tax: Some Home Truths (pdf, 6 pages)

Carers UK Have created a factsheet outlining the changes resulting from the introduction of the Bedroom Tax and the implications for carers.
Read Changes to housing 'size criteria' rules: The 'Bedroom Tax' (pdf, 6 pages)