Why social tenants will soon be taxed on their spare bedrooms

Council flats
Council flats

There are over 26 million households in the UK, of which nearly 3.8 million are classified as 'social housing'. These rented homes are owned by local authorities or non-profit housing associations and usually occupied by low-income tenants.

There is a massive waiting list for social housing, with 1.8 million households trying to find shelter in state-sponsored housing. As a result, the Government is under huge pressure to reduce waiting lists while cutting public spending on social housing.