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(in the UK) an informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, by which the amount of housing benefit paid to a claimant is reduced if the property they are renting is judged to have more bedrooms than necessary:‘more than 800 households in the area have had their housing benefit cut through the so-called bedroom tax’
- ‘Furious residents have been told to ditch fags, bingo and boozing to help pay the bedroom tax.’
- ‘Thousands of protesters have called for the Government to axe a new "bedroom tax" that will cut benefits for people with a spare room.’
- ‘Government reforms to the welfare system - including so-called 'bedroom tax' - are legal, judges have ruled’
- ‘He also said that he wanted to investigate whether the coalition government's much-criticised bedroom tax would impact on people in thc city, and whether it would lead to homelessness.’
- ‘'Bedroom tax' rules mean child aged under 16 in a home receiving housing benefit has to share a room with a sibling of same gender’
- ‘This 'bedroom tax', which is not in fact a tax, is how the Opposition refers to the end of subsidised spare rooms for council house tenants.’
- ‘One in ten claimants hit by the so-called ' bedroom tax ' have come off benefits altogether.’
- ‘The so-called ' bedroom tax ' also means that brothers and sisters will have to share rooms until the age of ten.’
- ‘This week the show focuses on social housing in Manchester, just as the introduction of the bedroom tax heaps more pressure on the system.’
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