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Cornwall Calls For 'Bedroom Tax' Review

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 9th June 2013.

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish officials are struggling to match people to homes as the bedroom tax bites.

The council is now calling on the government to 'square the circle'

People with spare rooms are losing benefits to encourage them to downsize for families.

But Duchy housing lead Geoff Brown says changes need reviewing: "The one thing that doesn't work is actually taking people, who have perhaps lived and grown up in a community, but we can't offer them anything else to stay in that community and that's not just right. All their network of support and everything, particularly for elderly people is within the community they have grown up in.

"They (the government) have got to look at it from a local perspective and make sure that if we're going to apply it then it is applied fairly but there are provisions available for people to move into smaller properties without actually losing their local connection."

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