‘Bedroom tax’ hits 922 Lincoln households

Some 922 households in Lincoln will be on average up to £15 worse off per week after the so-called ‘bedroom tax‘ came into force on April 1.

The figure represents 13.7% of the 6,718 people who currently get housing benefit, data from the City of Lincoln Council shows.

Of the 922 households, 767 claimants have one spare bedroom and will have to pay at least 14% of their rent, and 155 claimants have two or more spare bedrooms and will have to pay at least 25% of their rent.

Rents range from around £60 a week to £125 a week, so tenants who get housing benefit affected by these new rules will have to find an average of £10 a week if they have one spare bedroom, and £20 a week if they have two or more spare rooms.

If you are unsure how the ‘bedroom tax’ affects your benefits, contact the Benefits Advice Service from the City of Lincoln Council.

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