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  • "the effects of the spare room subsidy are
    1. Three bedroomed properties lying empty because people can't afford to live in them.
    2. Rent arrears because people cannot afford to pay this subsidy
    3. Less building prospects by housing associations because of the reason above.
    4. People having to go without food or use foodbanks because of it.
    5. A more expensive housing benefit bill because people have moved into private rental accommodation which costs more, and landlords are actually charging more for two and one bedroomed properties because of demand.
    6. At least one lady killed hetrself because of the worry of having to find the extra money needed, even though she could not move because there were no smaller properties available for her to move to.

    This policy will bring down the conservative government so that's the only positive outcome of the spare room subsidy."
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Shame on you

I DOUBT the Monmouth MP David Davies would know an impact if it hit him in the face, I see he is on the committee of MPs investigating the effects of the spare bedroom subsidy, clearly living in an extremely nice part of Wales doesn’t reflect the poorest parts of Wales and the effect it is having on a very lot of people.

But let’s see if he can give the people of Wales a straight answer to this question. The spare bedroom subsidy is to allow those in larger properties to move to smaller ones to alleviate the overcrowding of several thousand people living in cramped accommodation and we hear from other Tory MPs of children doing homework in corridors; now we hear because of the Tory policy on spare bedrooms there seem to be three-bedroom houses going begging in some parts of the country because no-one can afford them. I would like to know from the MP, will these people having been offered a three-bedroom house or a suitable property for their needs and they turn down the offer will this government impose sanctions on them as well as they are doing to the disabled and to all the other people who can’t move, and I’ll bet the answer is no, shame on you and your government.

C Davey Dylan Avenue Blackwood

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