The campaign against the bedroom tax is being taken to Wrexham's council estates with Plaid Cymru producing thousands of leaflets challenging the local authority.
Plaid Cymru councillor Carrie Harper said:
"The Bedroom Tax is hitting the disabled and sick disproportionately. It is not, as the Tories claim, seeking to end the 'spare bedroom subsidy' otherwise they would have introduced it for pensioners too. But they know that pensioners are more likely to vote and didn't fancy dealing with that. Public pressure has already helped win some concessions (e.g. for serving military personnel and foster families) but these affect only a few thousand of the 660,000 UK households hit."
She said an estimated 28,000 people in Wales were affected by the cuts in Housing Benefit yet research by the BBC had revealed that there were only 400 homes available throughout Wales for those wanting to downsize to a smaller property. Cllr Harper said:
"In reality there is no choice for people but to pay what might be as much as a sixth of their income on this punitive tax."
Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales, is now calling on Wrexham Council's leader Neil Rogers to follow other councils in pledging not to evict people who cannot pay the extra money. The SNP-controlled council in Dundee and Green-controlled council in Brighton has already pledged to do this. Cllr Harper said:
"Wrexham Council can do the same. It can also choose to reclassify council housing to ensure nobody loses out. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done, Knowsley Housing Trust has done it. For example, a bedroom that is smaller than 50 square feet - or 70 sq ft if it's for two children under 10 - can be made exempt because it can be re-classified as a boxroom. This prevents people from falling into arrears with the council or housing association and facing eviction.
"We're aware there are some council housing in the borough where small boxrooms are being charged at the full bedroom rate. This is something we're urging people to check for themselves and get their local councillor on the case. Plaid Cymru is trying to get information to every household affected - if you need more information contact our Bedroom Tax hotline on 07747 792 441.
"Plaid is committed to supporting people every step of the way with this punitive tax. We will show how people affected can delay and stop those imposing the bedroom tax. The challenge is for the local Labour-run council to play its part."