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VIDEO: Crawley Debate - concerns about ‘bedroom tax’

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The consequences of the Government’s welfare reforms - in particular the ‘bedroom tax’ - were raised at the Crawley Debate on Wednesday (February 6).

Concerns were voiced about how people in receipt of housing benefit would cope financially once the penalties for under-occupancy came into effect.

Cllr Bob Lanzer, leader of Crawley Borough Council, described the council’s efforts to assist people.

He said: “We try to increase housing supply so that people can downsize to avoid the bedroom tax.”

But Cary Buckham, of the Crawley Homes Tenants and Leaseholders Panel, warned: “Without changes to the way we view social housing, and what we want to do with it people won’t have places to live who can’t afford to buy a property.”

See next week’s Observer for a full report about the debate.

Were you at the Debate? What did you think of the answers from the panel? Leave your comments below or on the Observer Facebook page.

 

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