UN special investigator, Raquel Rolnik, was “shocked” by the impact that the bedroom tax is having on vulnerable people in the UK and has recommended that it be abolished.

After speaking to people across the country, including in Glasgow, on a fact finding mission about housing,  she described the policy as affecting “the most vulnerable, the most fragile, the people who are on the fringes of coping with everyday life”.   She said that in cases where paying the supplement is leading to people cutting down on food and heating there is “a violation of the right to adequate housing” which may affect the outcome of legal ongoing challenges.

Rolnik, who also believes that the UK is in the midst of a housing crisis (supported by census data covering England), will measure how the country is doing relative to past performance, but has already pointed to the decline of social housing, which she said was previously good in the UK.

Read the United Nations press release

Source: Guardian 11/09/2013

Tags: Housing, Poverty, Welfare reform