Sandwell's finance chief claims the streets will be filled with beggars if the authority does not step in and help those most in need with paying for the “bedroom tax”.
The Express & Star revealed yesterday that some disabled residents and foster carers in Sandwell will be given a helping hand covering the cost of the tax.
Council and social housing tenants will lose 14 to 25 per cent of their housing benefit from April 1 if they have one or more spare bedrooms. It could leave them paying hundreds of pounds extra a year in rent unless they are able to downsize.
And today, Councillor Steve Eling, cabinet member for strategic resources said the authority is in the process of looking at the list of properties affected by the bedroom tax to see who will be eligible for help.
He said: “It has got to be a case where an additional room is needed, they may need the room to store equipment, they may need a room where there is a carer, but not full time. The other one is where adaptations have been carried out to the house in order to enable that disabled person to live in it it.
Councillor Eling added: “If people don’t want streets full of beggars something is going to have to be done in these circumstances. Do they want disabled people turfed out of their houses that have been adapted for them?”
In Sandwell hundreds of borough residents with spare rooms will be unable to escape the controversial tax due to a shortage of smaller homes.