Housing benefit rebate on Merseyside to be £560

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Nearly 2,600 tenants with extra bedrooms on Merseyside will be eligible for rebates worth hundreds of pounds after their benefits were wrongly cut.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said a legislation error meant thousands of people in social housing should have been exempt from the under-occupancy penalty.

Critics have dubbed the policy change the "bedroom tax".

The DWP said 5,000 people across the UK could be due a rebate of around £560.

Since April 2013, working-age people in social housing received housing benefit based on the number of householders and the size of accommodation.

Those with one spare bedroom face a benefit cut of 14%, not including pensioners, and 25% for those with two or more spare rooms.

'Wrongly affected'

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Either Merseyside accounts for almost half of the rebate cases nationally, or the government's underestimating the number of social housing tenants who will be recompensed for the housing benefit they have lost due to the 1996 'loophole'.

Our local councils have mostly identified and in some cases started repaying hundreds of tenants who wrongly had a portion of their housing benefit docked.

The under occupancy criteria's been the most controversial aspect of the government's welfare reforms, and on Merseyside there's a passionate band of people making sure appeals get heard, evictions get fought and loopholes get publicised.

In comparison with the private sector, people tend to stay in social housing for long periods of time - and in areas like Knowsley and Liverpool where there are areas of high unemployment and deprivation, it's not surprising that a considerable number of people have been claiming housing benefit at the same address for a long period of time.

In Liverpool, more than 700 people have been affected and will receive rebates, the city council said.

Mayor Joe Anderson said it was his intention to "make sure any Liverpool resident who has been wrongly affected by this government error gets back every penny they are entitled to".

He said he was "delighted" with the willingness of social landlords to identify exempt tenants and put any bedroom tax legal action on hold, while assessments are ongoing.

In Wirral, 450 tenants of social landlord Magenta are affected plus 150 other tenants. The authority began repaying the money a fortnight ago.

Sefton Council estimates 500 tenants are affected, as does Knowsley.

Warrington Council estimates 100 people are affected and a further 181 in Halton. In total, this equates to nearly 2,600 people.

The DWP announced last month that an error when drafting the legislation meant thousands of tenants were entitled to a rebate if they have been continuously entitled to housing benefit since 1 January 1996 at the same address.

A DWP spokesman said: "We expect very few people to be affected by this - around 5,000."

The department said it was working with councils to ensure affected claimants were kept informed.

"The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants' rent, but the taxpayer can no longer afford to pay the £500m cost of claimants' extra bedrooms."

The DWP said the loophole will be closed in March.

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  85.  
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    Boodles ledge
     
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    Joe and Jean-Luc 13:16: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

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    Joe Anderson and Jean-Luc Courcoult

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  88.  
    Snooze time 13:14: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo are having a snooze.

    Little girl

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    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  89.  
    Keep up with Giants 13:13:

    Liverpool Council tweets: Keep up to date with all things #giant this weekend by following @GiantSpectacle

     
  90.  
    Watching the action from afar 13:10: via Facebook

    Tommy Stafford says: "Great job with the coverage and video we are 3035 miles away."

    Please send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter and listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  91.  
    Watch the paintwork 13:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Girl giant
     
  92.  
    news on the hour 12:58: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 13:00 are:

    • The Giants have started walking and talking during their three-day journey through Liverpool
    • Liverpool City Council estimates that more than 100,000 people have already lined the route of the Giants
    • Jess Robbins has been watching the Grandmother rise at St George's Hall
     
  93.  
    Services normal on Northern line 12:50:

    Merseyrail tweets: Services are now running normally on the Northern line (1406287462)

     
  94.  
    Giants: Your Thoughts 12:46: via Facebook

    Lots of you been getting in touch to let us know what you think of the giants.

    Sylvia Kearns says: Sooooo proud to be a Liverpudlian watching this in Liverpool right now! xxx

    Amanda Griffiths also says: Amazing I wish I was there

     
  95.  
    Expectant crowds 12:43: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Expectant crowds await the #giants #giantsarecoming

    Expectant crowds
     
  96.  
    Farting on Lord Street 12:39: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    Cheeky grandma just had a wee and broke wind at the corner of Lord street! At least it smelt of vanilla!

    Grandma farting

    The Grandma has just farted in the middle of the street!

     
  97.  
    'Poignant' story 12:36: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Les and Margaret Holmes, of Wallasey, watched the Little Girl and Xolo with their grandchildren Ellis, nine, and Isobella, seven.

    Les and Margaret Holmes with their grandchildren Ellis and Isobella

    Mr Holmes said: "The control the puppeteers have over the giants is incredible. They look sort of old fashioned, and really impressive.

    "The crowds are quite something too. You can hear accents from around the country everywhere."

    Mrs Holmes added: "I got a little bit tearful actually. It's a bit emotional. It brings to mind World War One and everything that happened. My mum was born in 1921 and my dad in 1922, so it's very poignant."

     
  98.  
    Cracking view 12:34: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside
  99.  
    Waiting for Grandma 12:28:

    Margaret Murphy has emailed in a picture from the corner of North John Street as people waited for Grandmother Giant.

    North John Street

    Please send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
  100.  
    Check out the Xolo video 12:24: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside

    Oh my word Xolo is just magical. Check out this clip of him walking through the crowds.

    Xolo in Liverpool
     

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    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

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