Iain Duncan Smith blames Camden Council for ‘failure’ of bedroom tax in the borough

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Iain Duncan Smith has blamed Camden Council for the alleged “failure” of his bedroom tax policy in the borough

The secretary of state for work and pensions introduced the policy as part of the government’s welfare reforms on April 1 last year.

But the removal of the “spare room subsidy” – dubbed the bedroom tax by critics – was labelled a “total failure” by Camden finance chief Cllr Theo Blackwell after figures showed only five per cent of Camden residents affected by the bedroom tax had moved to smaller homes.

The stated aim of the policy was to tackle under-occupancy of homes subsidised by the taxpayer.

Mr Duncan Smith said: “The question is for Camden Council. This is what they are meant to be organising, we gave them the money to do it and we gave them the flexibility to do it. The question should be, ‘Why aren’t you focussing…

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