Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Exempt disabled on bedroom tax

OVER the past few months, there has been significant Press coverage of the Government's 'bedroom tax' and the impact it is having on disabled people.

The bedroom tax has had a disproportionate impact on disabled people, as many have been found to have a so-called 'extra bedroom' – in spite of requiring it because of their disability; for example, needing extra space to store equipment and for short-term carers.

Alongside other benefits being cut, housing benefit has been the final blow for many disabled people and can lead to serious financial hardship.

I am a supporter of the deaf-blind charity Sense and we are urgently calling on the Government to take onboard these concerns and get rid of the bedroom tax for disabled people.

This would stop more disabled people from suffering financially as a result of their disability.

MICHELLE SIMPSON

Belfast

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