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Council apologises to Havering pensioners for bedroom tax error

PUBLISHED: 11:22 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 21 March 2017

An elderly woman counting loose change. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images.

An elderly woman counting loose change. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire/PA Images.

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An apology has been made by Havering Council after it incorrectly said the controversial “bedroom tax” would be extended to pensioners next year.

The cover of Havering Council's At The Heart magazine. Picture: Ann-Marie AbbasahThe cover of Havering Council's At The Heart magazine. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah

The error was made in At the Heart magazine’s spring issue, a publication for all the council’s tenants and leaseholders.

But the council was quick to put a statement on its website last week, apologising for the error.

It said: “On page 29 of the spring 2017 edition of At The Heart magazine we incorrectly state that the so-called bedroom tax will be extended to pensioners from April 2018.

“This is incorrect. If there are any changes to the under-occupation charge, the bedroom tax, we will keep you fully informed.

“We apologise for this error.”

A Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) spokeswoman said: “There is no plan to change the spare room subsidy.

“Pensioners are not going to become subject to that at any point.”

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