People in arrears with council rent doubles since 'bedroom tax' introduced in Lincoln
The number of people behind with rent payments on their Lincoln council homes has doubled.
But the rise has only happened since bedroom tax was introduced.
The legislation came into force from April 1 – meaning that people with one or more spare bedrooms had their housing benefit cut back.
But just six months after the law came into effect, the number of council tenants owing money on their rent has more than doubled.
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The City of Lincoln Council says the amount of "under-occupying council tenants in rent arrears" has risen from 290 to 629.
It means 70 per cent of council tenants affected by ‘bedroom tax’ owe money on their rent.
The amount owed to the council has also nearly doubled in six months from £83,111 to £164,758.
Cllr Ric Metcalfe, leader of City of Lincoln Council, said: “It is difficult to be precise about how many tenants are in arrears as a direct result of the ‘bedroom tax’, but it is clear it has had a significant impact.
“We are helping a lot of Housing Benefit claimants through the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme and we would still encourage anyone who is struggling to pay their rent to apply.”
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