Anyone Who Has Claimed Housing Benefit Since Before 1996 Is Exempt From The "Bedroom Tax"
The government has admitted to a flaw in one of its flagship policies.
A loophole in the government's "bedroom tax" policy means that people who have continuously claimed housing benefit at the same property since 1996 are exempt.
The department now admits that anyone who has continuously claimed housing benefit for the same house since 1st January 1996 is exempt from the bedroom tax.
The circular also says that is possible that some people have inherited this exemption from the bedroom tax by taking on the lease.
Local authorities who have applied the bedroom tax to long-term housing benefit claimants are told to repay the deductions.
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