The government has produced an interim evaluation report on the removal of the spare room subsidy, generally known as the bedroom tax. It found that housing associations had a good understanding of how it was affecting their tenants and had identified most of the tenants who would need help. The policy is meant to allow a more efficient allocation of social housing, with those under-occupying their homes moving to smaller properties and larger houses being taken by tenants who could use all the rooms. So far, the number of tenants affected by the change has gone from 547,342 to 522,342, a reduction of 4.6%. A significant number of tenants have been unable to move to a smaller house for many different reasons. Large numbers of tenants will have to continue finding extra money to pay their rent.
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