800 house-holders with spare room to be hit by benefit cut
3:20pm Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
MORE than 800 council house tenants in Pembrokeshire could see their housing benefit reduced as part of the UK government’s proposed welfare reforms.
The reduction in housing benefit will affect ‘overaccommodated’ tenants living in properties with surplus rooms from next April.
Tenants living in properties with one excess bedroom will see a 14% reduction in housing benefit, while those living in a property with two excess bedrooms will see a 25% reduction.
In a report before cabinet members on Monday, Pembrokeshire County Council estimates the average loss to tenants will be £11 per week, with some losing as much as £20.
The report also estimates around 20 families in Pembrokeshire will be affected by the changes to welfare benefits, which will be capped at £500 a week.
Data provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suggests that families with a large number of children will be most affected.
Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH) chairman, Sarah Picton said: “We have seen a 100% increase in people coming through our doors in the last 12 months.
“All sorts of people are coming to us.”