Bedroom what?! Tax?
The controversial Bedroom Tax may serve a purpose (in the opinion of some), but has come under quite some scrutiny since its introduction back in April 2013.
The Bedroom Tax, in a nutshell, cuts the amount of benefits one can receive if they have a spare bedroom in their home.
Due to foster children not being classed as part of the household (for benefit purposes), they would class a bedroom used by a foster child as “spare”. Thankfully, in March, at the last minute before this tax was implemented, they amended it to allow foster carers to have one extra bedroom, provided that they are registered as a foster carer, or have fostered a child or young person within the last 12 months. This saves around 5,000 of you all, but there are many foster carers who have more than once child or young person.
Unfortunately, those with more than one child will still face Bedroom Tax. Those carers can apply to the discretionary housing fund for support, should they need it. Unfair as it is, thankfully, there is some help out there. For support form the discretionary housing fund, carers will have to reapply every six weeks, regardless of the length of time that the child is to be with the carer.
Again, this Tax is unfair for foster carers, and children – it means that they may be separated from siblings. It will also help increase the shortage of foster carers in the UK, a number that is shrinking regardless.
The above is an excerpt from an article posted on the NFA website.
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