Daily Mirror: Bedroom Tax leaves people poor and hungry, Iain Duncan Smith’s OWN department admits

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Bedroom Tax leaves people poor and hungry, Iain Duncan Smith’s OWN department admits

A damning report slipped out by the Department of Work and Pensions reveals 78 per cent of those hit by the cruel tax are left penniless by the end of each month

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Cruel: Nearly half of people hit by Bedroom Tax have cut back on heating

The Bedroom Tax leaves nearly four out of five people penniless by the month end,Iain Duncan Smith’s own department has admitted.

A damning report slipped out by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals 78 per cent of those clobbered by the cruel Tax are left penniless by the end of each month.

Three-quarters of people affected said they had cut back on food. Almost half had cut back on heating, and a third on travel.

And just 23 per cent had received assistance from the hardship fund set up to help the hardest-hit.

“This damning independent report published by the DWP itself shows how this brutal and unfair policy deliberately drives people deeper and deeper in to poverty,” said Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.

“It’s shameful – especially in the run up to Christmas – that 80 per cent of people hit by the Bedroom Tax regularly run out of money by the end of the week or month.”

The report confirmed the Bedroom Tax “had an impact on some claimants’ health and emotional well-being”.

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