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Suffolk: Benefit changes are costing families up to £25 a week

PUBLISHED: 15:08 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:08 07 January 2014

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About 600 families in the Suffolk Coastal area have been affected by the so-called “bedroom tax” – with many now wanting to move home.

Doreen Savage, cabinet member for housing at Suffolk Coastal council, said families hit by the removal of the spare room subsidy had lost housing benefit of between £10 and £25 a week.

Fewer than 20 families though had been affected by the benefit cap – although the weekly reduction can be significant, averaging £62.

She said: “We continue to work closely with those customers affected by these changes to offer advice and assistance, including Discretionary Housing Payments, in partnership with the Housing Options Team, CAB, SNAP, voluntary and charitable welfare groups.

“This change has also increased the number of people seeking to move.

“As part of our homelessness strategy we will be working with registered providers to make the best use of stock, particularly as the biggest need is for one-bedroom properties which come up very rarely.”

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  • pandy, because it has better things to do like censoring comments

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    Robotix

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • It is not just the bedroom tax you have to consider it is the change in council tax benefit as well mine was stopped i went from paying £27 a month to paying full £125 a month ...and I am unemployed with my wife working part time ....I get no JSA ....this Government will not be satisfied until they have wrecked this country and forced the poorest into poverty...

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    ukmartian

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • chasing dreams ..I wish i could get a job ...after working for for over 40 years you tell me why i cant a job ..its not through lack of trying ....

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    ukmartian

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • "removal of the spare room subsidy" ?, I myself have worked in Social Housing and have never heard of this ?, this is something the nasty tory party have brought in !, the shortage of Social Housing is also their fault !, thatcher used the 'right to buy', just to buy herself votes !!

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I am not saying your not trying and I know its not easy to just fall into a job but people are way to picky as to what work they are prepared to do. There are plenty of jobs out there but too many people with the attitude that they are "too good to do that type of work" If you really want to work you could..I took a job I wasn't that keen on a few yeas ago because once you are in work its always easier to find work. I now am in a job I would like to do forever. Volunteer work can also lead to paid employment. If people think they have it that bad they don't, try working and not being able to afford medical items you need. I would be better off of benefit. This country supports slackers and spits in the face of working people.

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    chasingdreams

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • the whole benefits system in this country is so crazy, makes me sick! It's disgusting!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Why has not this paper reported the the two houses being knocked into one has gone up from 6 to over15 thousand pounds?

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    pandy

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I totally agree with Lee. I'm fed up of being a working citizen even though its only part time and hearing all these people moaning about reductions in benefit. I don't get any help with renttax etc i pay all my own bills and prescription fees. If you don't like it get a job and stop relying on benefits.

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    chasingdreams

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • why call them "customers"??

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • "Fewer than 20 families though had been affected by the benefit cap – although the weekly reduction can be significant, averaging £62." - SO this isn't a story at all. Less than 20 families have been affected and NO ONE has seen a significant weekly reduction. As mentioned here, isn't the real story how thanks to a LABOUR council, everyone now has to pay council tax - even those too sick to work!

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    Mister Cynical

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Maybe the amount of dole money should be based on how much tax you have payed whilst working?

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    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I have applied for cleaning jobs up to my own trade but I have 2 stumbling blocks.. to old and over qualified, no one will offer me a job earning less than half I used to get ..and no one wants to retrain a 59 year old so he can work for another 6 years ....i have taken voluntary training... and by the way I do NOT GET A PENNY in benefits as the wife works part time

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    ukmartian

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I repeat why has this paper not taken up the new fact regarding the two houses that are being made in to one for the family of 14 now going to cost not the £6000 we were told it would cost to now over £15000 this is where saying can be made

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    pandy

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

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