One COUPLE was horrified after being told they had to pay more than £1,600 in bedroom tax after their son moved out of their council home.
Parents Philip Elliott and Elizabeth Aslett, both 56, said they did not have the money to pay the huge sum and were in tears when they heard the news.
Their two sons, Lewis Aslett, 16, and Ryan Aslett, 18, left the family’s three-bedroom home in Bilborough, Nottingham, last September to attend university and college.
Philip and Elizabeth, who have lived on the property for almost 11 years, said they had told officials the boys were moving out but still needed room when they returned for the holidays. Nottingham Live report.
The parents said they were initially told this was fine but said they were sent a text earlier this month saying they owed £1,667.27 due to a change in their bedroom tax.
Mr Elliott said: “When I knew it was a shock, nobody said we owed them money.
“We are involved in welfare rights and it has been moved to the appeal stage.”
Ms Aslett added: “I burst into tears, it was so upsetting.
“We don’t know what’s going on, we brought both boys home for six weeks over Christmas, they’ll be back in the next week or so.”
The bedroom tax means that the claimant will receive less than the housing benefit or the housing cost factor in the Common Credit claim while living in a housing association or council home and is deemed to have one or more spare bedrooms.
And the amount recipients receive for housing costs can be reduced when a home has a spare bedroom.
Philip and Elizabeth explain that they cannot work due to their disability, meaning they will either struggle to pay back or continue to survive on smaller payments.
They receive £1,100 a month from General Credit as well as £900 from Employment and Support Allowance and Individual Independent Payments [PIP] support.
The DWP apologized for the family’s handling of the case, saying staff were contacted to help them with the appeals process.
A DWP spokesman said: “We deeply regret the handling of Mr. Elliott and Ms. Assett’s complaint and we have been in touch to apologize and assist them with the appeals process.
“We’ve also looked at their benefits to make sure they’re getting their right.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17455352/we-face-bedroom-tax-sons-moved-out/ We had to pay £1,600 after our sons moved out under the bedroom tax