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Housing benefit changes 'unworkable' say council
CHANGES to housing benefit have been branded “unworkable” by Colchester Council.
In a motion passed during a full meeting last night the council will ask the Government to re-examine the so-called bedroom tax.
Concerns were raised by councillors about the impact on disabled, divorced and low-income families, with some saying it was unfair to cut benefits to people with extra bedrooms when they could not downsize because of a lack of social housing of the right size.
Some Conservative councillors voted against the motion, but it was passed with a “substantial majority” according to chairman Christopher Arnold.