Hi While it makes sense to encourage people who are in social housing accommodation which has more rooms than they require with people who require additional rooms i do not support the government s decision to reduce the housing benefit of those who have extra rooms in their house. There are many arguments against this policy decision, but a main one must be the absence of one bedroom apartments into which they can move.
Conditions are imposed on builders of housing associations. For example, some associations insist that a certain percentage of houses or flats must be used for supported accommodation. Before this reform the government should have ensured availability. In my area, housing development is massive, yet research shows that not one bedroom department has been or is being built. If suitable alternative accommodation within the area was available then there wouldn t be such a problem. If such accommodation did exist then individuals should not have had larger accommodation approved by DSS, unless their physical or mental health required it. To impose a financial penalty when there is no real choice is cruel, as is the decision to implement it within such a short time space.