Disabled man facing eviction from Newcastle home blames bedroom tax

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A disabled man claims he is facing eviction from his council flat over falling behind on rent payments.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, has blamed the Bedroom Tax for getting into financial difficulty and could be made to move in just over a month.

That’s if Your HomesNewcastle, an organisation which manages council homes across the city, decides to evict him from his flat in Westgate Road.

The potential eviction follows the loss of the tenant’s housing benefit.

Though it was reinstated, a shortfall caused by the bedroom tax was not paid, meaning his rent arrears have continued to rise.

The man appealed his eviction yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court in a case which will be heard again in 42 days. It will allow him to reapply for benefits that will enable him to pay his rent and reduce the level of arrears, according to the…

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