The DWP has messed up with the bedroom tax and specifically with the pre-1996 issue.
1) You have been in continuous receipt of Housing Benefit (full or partial) since 1 January 1996 or before;
2) You have been in the same property since 1 January 1996
Then you are exempt from having the bedroom tax imposed upon you.
If this describes your situation then you need to put this in writing to your local council asking them to reconsider your case and stating if they do not you will appeal to the SEC tribunal over this. A brief standard template letter is here along with the detail of this issue for your use.
However, this DWP mess-up is also potentially maladministration by the DWP and I maintain it is further evidence, as if it were needed, that the bedroom tax is a back of a fag packet…
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