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.
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