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FOI 8164

Under Occupancy Charges

Request

How many households affected by the housing benefit under-occupancy charge introduced in April 2013 (sometimes referred to as the “spare room subsidy” or “bedroom tax”) have moved to a new property as a result of the charge?

 · What proportion is this of the total number of households affected in the local authority?

Response

I would advise that it is not possible to provide the information requested with regard to the total number of social housing tenancies within the area, as when a person moves from a property, neither they nor the landlord is obliged to give a reason for the move.