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Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show the number of people affected by the bedroom tax in the Staffordshire Moorlands has fallen

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

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NEW figures show that the number of people facing a cut in their housing benefit under the controversial ‘bedroom tax’ in the Staffordshire Moorlands has fallen by more than 13 per cent.

Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show 372 households were facing a reduction in May last year.

By November this had fallen to 322, a drop of 13.4 per cent.

Overall in the West Midlands, a 9.2 per cent fall was recorded, from 54,387 to 49,364 households.

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In Stoke-on-Trent the number went from 3,842 to 3,417, a reduction of 11.1 per cent.

East Staffordshire saw a 10 per cent drop from 693 to 624 households.

The total in Newcastle-under-Lyme fell from 950 to 891, a drop of 6.2 per cent

Under the ‘spare room subsidy, tenants face a reduction in their housing benefits because they are considered to by under-occupying their accommodation.

The reform means that working-age housing benefit claimants living in both the private and social rented sectors receive support based on the number of bedrooms the household is calculated to need.

The DWP claims tenants are taking action in a number of ways from moving and using home swap services, to finding work or increasing earnings.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said: “Reforming housing benefit was absolutely necessary to ensure we can maintain a strong safety net.

“The cost to the taxpayer grew by 50 per cent in just 10 years to over £24 billion.

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