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UN official in bedroom tax warning

By Sarah Stack

Social housing tenants in Northern Ireland fear they will not be able to afford food if the controversial 'bedroom tax' is enforced, a senior United Nations official has claimed.

Special rapporteur on housing Raquel Rolnik also warned there is shortage of one bedroom apartments in housing stock here.

Ms Rolnik has been examining the impact of the bedroom tax – where social tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need have their housing benefit cut – on the human rights of low-income households.

"In Northern Ireland one bedroom apartments in social housing stock do not exist," she said. "People have nowhere to go to."

The Assembly has been warned if it does not implement the reforms the Northern Ireland block grant will be "adjusted".

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