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In brief...The bedroom tax
Stephen Gibbons, Olmo Silva and Maria Sánchez-Vidal
July 2018
Paper No' CEPCP531:
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CentrePiece 23 (2) Summer 2018

JEL Classification: H55; H2; R21; R28

Tags: social housing; social rents; bedroom tax; housing benefits

The ‘bedroom tax’ – a UK government policy introduced in 2013 that cut housing benefits for social tenants deemed to have a ‘spare’ bedroom – saved some public money, according to research by Steve Gibbons and colleagues. But the policy added further strain to the finances of people who were already disadvantaged. Their study, which examines whether the policy achieved its objectives and how the targeted families reacted, finds that the burden of the bedroom tax fell on social tenants who were unwilling or unable to move.

This article summarises ‘The Bedroom Tax’ by Steve Gibbons, Maria Sánchez-Vidal and Olmo Silva, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1537, April 2018