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17/04/2014 - Bedroom tax evictions "politically unviable"

bedroomtaxEven Tory local authorities don't seem keen on kicking people out of their homes because of arrears caused by the tax. Basildon council withdrew 35 out of the 36 possession orders it had listed at Basildon Crown Court on 11 April.

The council not only withdrew almost all eviction cases, but also paid off the tenants' rent arrears by using discretionary housing payments. In the one case that went to a hearing and resulted in a suspended possession order, the council only managed to get the court to make a ruling on the grounds that they had paid off that part of the arrears that was due to the tax. A council officer later said that to evict someone because of the bedroom tax was "politically unviable".

There are an estimated 1,400 tenants in Basildon somehow paying bedroom tax out of their reduced benefits. This may be based on high interest loans which will simply delay the point when they are unable to pay and put them in a worse position. Labour Party representatives are often curiously inactive and silent on the bedroom tax. The campaign to abolish the bedroom tax goes on.