Nine out of ten disabled people affected by the Under Occupancy rule or “bedroom tax”, that have been refused Discretionary Housing Payments are cutting back on food, heating and medical costs to make ends meet, according to social housing website 24dash.
Research by the Papworth Trust found that three in ten disabled people who applied for Discretionary Housing Payments have been refused assistance, leaving them facing rent arrears and possible eviction if they don’t cut back on other essentials such as food and heating.
The report states that of those refused DHPs:
- 90% are cutting back on food or bills.
- 37% are cutting back on specialist mobility transport.
- 27% are cutting back on medical expenses such as medication, therapies and monitoring health conditions.
Successful claimants of Discretionary Housing Payments often receive only a percentage of the change, meaning that even with a DHP, people still struggle to make up the difference between rent and Housing Benefit.
The Independent recently reported that 19 out of 20 families affected by the tax had nowhere to move to, effectively leaving them trapped in their current home and liable for increased rental payments.