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Housing benefit reforms 'could waste millions' in disability costs

Changes in housing benefit payments affecting disabled people could cost the public purse millions of pounds in Wales, a housing association claimed.

Wales & West Housing (WWH) said many disabled tenants may be forced to move because of the so-called "bedroom tax".

It said it could result in millions more being spent adapting properties.

The UK government said it had given Wales £7.9m for a discretionary fund tenants could apply for but WWH said that may not be enough to cover costs.

Shayne Hembrow, deputy chief executive and commercial director at Wales and West Housing, said it is a "bureaucratic nonsense" for such tenants to have to re-apply for discretionary payments.

Mr Hembrow spoke to Mai Davies on Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales programme.

'Bedroom tax' disabled cost 'waste'

  • 06 Feb 2014
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