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Latest research and data by False Economy

This is an update on the latest information on the site and from FE:

Last Sunday, our recent research on the government's appalling bedroom tax was featured in Sunday People:

Our survey of local authorities shows that what people pay in the bedroom tax depends on where you live, with some local authorities exempting tenants with tiny bedrooms.

The article said:

“The hated Bedroom Tax is turning into a cruel postcode lottery, the Sunday People has exclusively revealed.

A survey of local authorities shows that what you pay depends on where you live, with some local authorities – including Tory-run councils – using a loophole to exempt tenants with tiny bedrooms.

Most councils, however, insist people must pay for all bedrooms listed on their tenancies.

That means families from one local authority will have housing benefit cut by an average £12 a week, while those with identical homes in a neighbouring borough will keep the money.

“A postcode lottery is developing,” said the TUC-funded False Economy group, which conducted the research using freedom of information laws. “Tenants with the same sized properties and bedrooms are treated differently depending on which local authority they live in.”

You can read the rest here.

List of public sector outsourcing and outsourcing failures: add your examples!

We're now compiling a list of NHS, council and other public services here. We'll continue to build the list and you can add your own by choosing “Privatisation” in the categories section when you're uploading a service cut. You can add cuts here using this form.

Our list of top council outsourcing failures list was published here last week

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