23/09/2012 11:19 am
Before I start, I must explain that I am a bit confused by the proposed changes to housing benefit, so my observations may be completely incorrect. It will be useful to be corrected, as there do appear to be many unanswered questions about the proposed changes?
I have just looked at, what appears to be, the new 'housing benefit calculator', on the Direct.Gov website? Once the correct informatin is fed into the system, a standard regional rent charge is displayed.
If each County is to have 'standard rental charges', based solely on the number of bedrooms in a property, Councils will presumably need to begin the housing benefit changes, by adjusting many rents, in order to remove most existing valuation criteria (information which is typically used by letting agents)?
Once every housing association tenant in the County is paying the same rent, the bedroom tax will be used to calculate whether or not tenants housing benefits will need be subject to further changes/deductions.
In the unlikely event that I have managed to understand the proposed bedroom tax changes correctly, I am not sure how easy it will be to evaluate savings from such changes.