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Harry Cole: Scaremongering claim over 'bedroom tax'

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

Wales and West Housing (WWH) said many disabled tenants could 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.

BBC Radio Wales' Good Morning Wales programme heard the case of Judith Parker from Cardiff - who is caring for two sons with a degenerative disease and a daughter with learning difficulties - and says she is struggling with her bills.

Her case was discussed by presenter Oliver Hides and Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales and Harry Cole, a contributing editor of The Spectator.

Mr Cole said there was "scaremongering" over the issue.

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  • 06 Feb 2014
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