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Cancer Patients Being Hit By Bedroom Tax Hardship, Welsh Charity Warns

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A charity has said it has seen a “significant increase” in the number of cancer patients seeking help to pay rent since the introduction of the so-called “bedroom tax”.

Tenovus, one of Wales’ largest cancer charities, said it had concerns that the measure was potentially discriminating against people with a disability – and said it was advising “numerous couples” who were unable to share a room due to ill-health but only qualify for a one-bedroom rate of housing benefit.

Plaid Cymru’s MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards, said he shared the charity’s concerns.

He said: “It isn’t right that some people are hit harder because of an illness that they are suffering from.

“Last week, Plaid Cymru revealed that some local authorities have already exhausted their discretionary housing funds. On top of this, figures revealed that the number of evictions had started to rise, and this is likely to get much worse as the winter months draw in and people are faced with higher fuels bill and have to dig deeper into their savings. Plaid Cymru is concerned that things could reach crisis point by Christmas.

“The UK Government has apparently taken a decision to make tens of thousands of people across the UK homeless, through a policy that targets the ill, disabled and most vulnerable in society. It cannot be allowed to continue.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said the concerns showed how the changes to welfare were having a “very real impact” on the lives of people.

He said: “We know that people across Wales are suffering real hardship as a result of the decisions being made by the UK Government.

“Indeed, research shows that around 40,000 households in Wales are worse off and councils are telling us more people than ever before are applying for emergency help to pay the rent.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/cancer-patients-hit-bedroom-tax-5738474

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A friend of mine who has serious heart problems recently had to go to a tribunal to stop his benefits being cut. The judge took about 5 minutes to award in his favour.

Apparently the costs of these tribunals are now negating the savings in benefits.

Just saying.

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So just give all these mean gits a spare room to keep their treasures in and screw the people that need somewhere to live.

Really I don't get it, if your being given a free place to live why should you have the right to have more space than you need?

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A friend of mine who has serious heart problems recently had to go to a tribunal to stop his benefits being cut. The judge took about 5 minutes to award in his favour.

Apparently the costs of these tribunals are now negating the savings in benefits.

Just saying.

Fair comment mate

I'd expect the upfront costs of such a big change to reduce over time, but all the same I'd like to see those figures

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So just give all these mean gits a spare room to keep their treasures in and screw the people that need somewhere to live.

Really I don't get it, if your being given a free place to live why should you have the right to have more space than you need?

Or even just as much as you think you need. Benefit over entitlement again..

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Won't somebody think of the children?! poor sods in work who have to pay for it all

As one of those poor sods, I'd like my money to go on building new council houses... I believe in this thing called 'supply and demand' controlling rents.. unfashionable I know.

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Won't somebody think of the children?! poor sods in work who have to pay for it all

The oft-unseen, never mentioned, flip side of the coin. Never seen a news story about them.

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