Introduce spare bedroom tax

For those with government housing, a tax/ charge for spare bedrooms should be applied as it is in the UK. I understand that circumstances change but for most having a spare bedroom is a luxury so it should not be offered out of the tax payers pocket. If your family size reduces when kids move out or following a divorce, etc. then a tax should be applied to the spare bedroom. This should also be checked annually

Why the contribution is important

This ensures that those who need a bigger house are able to get one and that those who are not in need of the extra rooms are given a property that is better suited to their needs and more efficient

by pent on April 05, 2017 at 02:17PM

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  • Posted by DocMills April 05, 2017 at 14:24

    Better yet, tax the whole house.

    If you want to live in a big house on a small island, then you should pay for the privilege.
  • Posted by Litigant April 05, 2017 at 16:10

    Better still tax all spare bedrooms whether public sector or private. I have a 4 bedroom house, one of which has never been used. And I dont even pay rent. I'm ashamed of myself.
  • Posted by nemo April 05, 2017 at 16:52

    You are trolling with this idea aren't you? Think how many five/six bedroomed Edwardian terraced houses there are on the island that would be instantly hit with extra taxes. Great if you are looking for a mass exodus of people from the Island.
  • Posted by nemo April 05, 2017 at 16:58

    My bad, re-read an noticed you have suggested for government housing only. That seems fair!
  • Posted by MBR April 05, 2017 at 21:28

    Why should those who have government housing be singled out?

    Let's look at the UK model by comparison. It was forecast that the revenue gained would be in excess of £420m according to the former DWP Minister Iain Duncan Smith. In March 2014 a BBC report found that just 6% of benefit claimants affected by the bedroom tax had moved as a result of the benefit changes, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    A formal evaluation of the bedroom tax carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions and published in December 2015 found that “not more than 8% of those affected” had downsized to smaller properties. There was some evidence that larger homes had been re-let, and there had been a “small increase” in the numbers of overcrowded tenants rehoused. However, landlords reported that there was an insufficient supply of new properties for downsizers to move to.
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 19:12

    Sorry I do not agree with any form of bedroom tax. Its taking nanny state t far. It did NOT work in the UK and I wish people would stop siting the UK as having all the best ideas. If you have a three bedroom house and your kids have gone, you may want these rooms when you children have families of their own and want to visit - you may wish to have one as an office....

    I do however think that people in Commissioners property should only have houses that suit their needs: as there are a lot of families wanting houses and a lot of single elderly people in multi roomed houses after all social housing is given for peoples circumstances and people are not entitle to keep commissioners properties for their lifetime......
  • Posted by bubbles April 07, 2017 at 22:09

    This tax has created a lot of misery in the UK.
  • Posted by GAC April 08, 2017 at 09:20

    I have witnessed first hand the devastation this has caused, however the other side of the coin is that in some Council properties ( Subsidised) there are 3 or 4 wages going in to that household, this has come about because the Children have now grown up and in employment.
    This should be declared as a change of circumstances and an increase in rental cost should occur.
    However this is not a massive saving but serves merely as a way for future way of thinking and expectation.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 17:29

    I think the Public sector housing needs a BIG overhaul as so many abuses go on. I am NOT picking on the legitimate tenants but feel strongly that the use of this housing is not vetted enough. I have known tenants to pass on their house to adult children as if it was theirs to do so and also renting out rooms which is against their tenancy agreement as well as one person who was offered a brand new bungalow to free up their 3 bed house for a family and refused quite indignantly to do so.What happened? Nothing happened as this person was proud to tell anyone who would listen.The governing body was spineless and it should be in all tenancy agreements that you are subject to movement if your circumstances change.Putting information on their original application such as children's ages at that time could bring up an alert when children reach adulthood and enquiries could be made at that point.Grow a backbone Government and free houses foe those that need them!
  • Posted by Shale April 12, 2017 at 19:23

    I agree. when your kids leave home and you don't need the home, you should have to move. It isn't your house to stay in, it is a council home and should be on a fixed term lease that is negotiable it is not forever. In UK you can't apply bedroom tax to someone who has been in property more than around 16 years or before a certain date.
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 23:25

    All government housing should be on fixed term leases, for young couples, 3-year leases conditional of them paying a fair rent dependent upon their income (and work ethic). Tenants should have it written in their tenancies that if the occupancy level falls (or rises) they will automatically be placed on the transfer list to a smaller or larger property. Similarly, tenants should pay a minimum rent but for those in work and especially where more than one person is contributing the rent should increase to reflect a more commercial/private rental. There is no reason why one property should not have a different rent from the next. Failure to declare all income in a household simply leads to forfeiture of the tenancy, in any case all should be paying income tax. Single mothers and young people under 25 requiring housing should be given easy to maintain apartments with a warden or similar to help them settle in and manage day to day living.
  • Posted by bofs0802 April 29, 2017 at 16:30

    Definitely NO bedroom tax. Everybody needs a spare bedroom for many reasons. However of someone has more than one spare bedroom then there should be some sort of review. We don't have enough social housing to go round so its important to make its use effective.
    UK bedroom tax did nothing of what they said it would so what would be the point?
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