Mum £700 in arrears following bedroom tax charges
A MOTHER-of-two has spoken of how she is £700 in arrears 12 weeks before Christmas — because of the bedroom tax.
Louise Cobbin, of Fairyland, Neath, was speaking ahead of a meeting to be held in the town tomorrow night, for people to raise issues they are facing.
Organised by South Wales West AM, Bethan Jenkins, the meeting will take part in the Castle Hotel.
Miss Cobbin, who has two children, said she has been told her three-year-old son and daughter, aged 8, should be sharing a room.
"They’ve said because she’s under 10, they can share," added the full time mum.
"But she’s a big girl for her age, and she’s already developing — I’m not even allowed in her room when she’s changing, she’s getting very independent.
"They also argue enough already — if they shared a room, I’d have two dead kids.
"I’m in arrears of £700 because of this bedroom tax."
She added her son is forced to sleep on a chair bed in his bedroom because of the lack of space, and says she should not be paying the £30 a week for the room considered a spare.
"I’m really struggling," she said.
"My kids are going without and it’s nearly Christmas.
"They either need to scrap it, or just give it to those people who haven’t got children but have got a three bedroom house."
AM Ms Jenkins said she was prompted to organise the meeting because of the increasing number of people in the region hit by the new tax.
"When we have been out publicising this event around Neath, it has become apparent that this is an issue that matters a great deal to people, and it is not going to go away unless everyone comes together to oppose it," she said.
"I ask anyone and everyone affected by this unfair and punitive UK Government measure to attend this meeting and make their feelings known."
The meeting will start at 6pm.