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After downsizing from her three-bedroom house in Shipley, it’s taken almost five years to wait for a new home. Mary’s property was subject to the spare room subsidy aka bedroom tax of 25 per cent of her weekly rent.

Ever since the bedroom tax started in April 2013, Mary’s been on the look out to downsize to something a lot smaller. She’s unable to work and the house unaffordable to her she’s been in receipt of discretionary housing payments (DHP) to pay for the bedroom tax. In January, this ended and Mary’s been told she wouldn’t receive this again.

Mary a customer for 17 years wanted to remain with Yorkshire Housing. For five years, she’s been waiting for a ground floor flat to become available, at this over 55’s scheme in Wrose.

Neighbourhood officer Natalie Rogers said: “Mary was anxious about moving from her family home. But she’s happy to move to a more affordable and easier to maintain home that meets her needs. Mary is very happy she gets to stay a Yorkshire Housing tenant.

“At the same time this helps free up a well needed three-bedroom family home and now a new family can make memories there.

Mary said: “It was time for me to move on, I don’t have the bedroom tax to worry about anymore. I’ve just had the flat measured for a new kitchen and bathroom and I’m now looking forward to the future.”

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