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Bedroom tax loophole victim to get £580 rebate

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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A TENANT has slammed the Government’s ‘disgusting’ bedroom tax after he learned a gaffe meant hundreds of pounds were wrongly taken off his Housing Benefit.

David Davis, of Rowton Street, Burton, spoke out after it emerged last month that a loophole meant social housing tenants in the same home since 1996 should not have had their benefits cut.

Mr Davis, a 57-year-old widower who lost his wife Mary in 1999, said the cut left him worried and depressed.

The Bedroom tax means social housing tenants with more bedrooms than they need have their benefits cut.

As a result of the Government debacle Mr Davis will now receive a £580 rebate – worth about 10 months rent.

He said: “I think it’s disgusting because I didn’t mind paying it to keep the house.

“The only way I would leave is if they take me out in a body bag because the house means the world to me.

“It has been worrying and something that was always on my mind because it is a lot of money, especially when you have not got a lot.”

Last month it emerged up to 40,000 tenants, out of 660,000 affected by the controversial levy, could have wrongly lost out.

Mr Davis, who has battled mental health problems for 18 years, was told he would lose 14 per cent of his allocated Housing Benefit when the tax came into force last April.

Since then, he said he has been forced to cancel his home insurance and make other sacrifices.

Mr Davis grew up in the house during the 1950s, 60s and 70s before moving out. He then moved back in 1982 and has lived there ever since.

He said: “For older people who struggle it must be terrible and I know there are young people who have had to give their houses up.”

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