Grenfell tenants ‘not exempt from bedroom tax or benefit cap’ : Guardian.

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Ministers say residents hit by welfare reforms should get discretionary payments to protect them from benefit shortfalls

People bring clothing and bedding to Westway sports centre in London, an emergency accommodation centre for people made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire
Westway sports centre served as emergency accommodation for people made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire. The government has promised all former residents will be rehoused locally. Photograph: Dinendra Haria/Rex/Shutterstock

Former residents of Grenfell Tower will not be exempt from the bedroom tax and the benefit cap, the government has confirmed – although ministers have ordered that any tenants affected are prioritised for special payments to offset any losses.

Guidance from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says councils should ensure Grenfell tenants hit by welfare reforms should be given so-called discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to protect them from potential housing benefit shortfalls of hundreds of pounds a month.

The government has promised that all Grenfell residents will be rehoused permanently as close as possible to their former home. This week it

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