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Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps attacked for using his own children in ‘bedroom tax’ row – UK Politics – The Independent
Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps provoked scorn from Government critics today by using his own children’s living arrangements in an attempt to justify the controversial “bedroom tax”.
Mr Shapps said housing benefit claimants should not mind giving up spare bedrooms because his two sons share a room. He also has a young daughter. But it subsequently emerged the millionaire former housing minister’s children could have their own space if one of the four bedrooms in the family home hadn’t been converted into a study.
Plans to slash the housing benefit bill partly by the introduction of the so-called bedroom tax could have a “severe impact” on the income of Britain’s poorest people, MPs warn the Government today.
Two million people are expected to be affected by reductions in housing benefit of up to 25 per cent for tenants judged to be living in properties too large for them.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) could not predict the impact of the changes on claimants or on the housing supply. “Even small reductions can have a severe impact,” it said.