Housing management update — August 2013

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By Bukola Aremu

On 1 April 2013, the cap on the amount of benefits people can receive took effect across England, Scotland and Wales.It will be fully implemented by 30 September 2013.

Although many of the benefits that count towards the cap do not directly affect social landlords, there is one we are constantly being asked to advise on and the impact it has on rent income: the so-called ‘bedroom tax’.

This under-occupation penalty has seen cuts to the housing benefit of social housing tenants of working age and with more than one or two spare rooms in their home…

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