Severely disabled Martyn Styles, 50, of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, fears he will be forced to choose between having a carer and keeping his home as a result of the tax, which penalises tenants if they have a “spare” bedroom by reducing their housing benefit by up to 25 per cent.Right, to clear up the first quibble – it’s not ‘his’ home, if it was, he could have as many spare rooms as he wanted and could afford...
Mr Styles lives in a three-bedroom house with his wife and 16-year-old son, who are also deaf, and uses the spare bedroom to store Braille equipment and a specialised computer. He now faces paying more than £40 a week in bedroom tax.Just how big is this computer that it needs a separate room?! Is it from the 50s? Oh, sure, it’s nice and convenient to tuck it away in its own room, but, well…
"I won't be able to afford a carer if I continue to pay my bedroom tax and my benefit reduces as a result," he told Kent and Sussex Courier.
"I will be left with no quality of life. A disabled person like me with a family fears this added expense because there is so much else that I need to pay for."Oh, really? Such as?
Mr Styles is unable to read print, lipread or hear, and is only able to communicate with specially-trained carers.
"I also need to pay out extra money elsewhere for things like cutting the grass and keeping the access clear," he said.
"These are things that sighted people could do or even leave undone, but for me it's so important."Well, hold on just a minute there! Your wife and son can’t help? Really?
A DWP spokesperson said: "We are giving local authorities £190m extra funding this year so vulnerable claimants get the help they need during the welfare reforms, with £25 million specifically aimed to help disabled people who live in specially adapted accommodation.
"Even after the reform we still pay over 80% of most claimants' housing benefit, but the taxpayer can no longer pay for spare bedrooms in the social housing sector."Just so. Enough whinging.