Northumberland: Latest figures up to end of November: Total level of social housing rent arrears owed to the council PS657,174; Amount of new rent arrear cases from April 2013 when "bedroom tax" was introduced PS69715 (10.
WITH double the number of residents in rent arrears and a bill reaching into the millions, the shocking hidden costs of the welfare reforms have been revealed in a new report.
This includes an estimated PS1m in rent arrears due to the bedroom tax.
The report looked closely at the bedroom tax, and said 66% of people affected by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears - this is double the number from before the changes.
Your Homes Newcastle, the arms length management organisation responsible for managing council homes on behalf of the council, has seen rent arrears increase from PS490,554 to PS764,762 between March and December last year.
Two thirds of people affected by the bedroom tax are in rent arrears but the numbers would be much higher if organisations like Your Homes Newcastle were not absorbing some of the pressure.
Gateshead: 2,496 people affected by welfare reform; an increase in rent arrears of PS152,000; estimated total cost of the changes for the council is PS1.