West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a petition to exempt domestic abuse victims from the bedroom tax.
Mark Burns-Williamson said people who had been moved to safe houses were being unfairly caught by the tax because panic rooms were not properly differentiated from spare bedrooms.
He said: “Those who have fled their homes to be placed in a safe house with a panic room should not be penalised and put at risk by having to move again because an essential room is classed as too much space.
“Domestic violence can happen to anyone and can have far-reaching effects, so we need to do all we can to help victims rebuild their lives without fear of becoming homeless.”
Mr Burns-Williamson signed a petition by the trade union GMB to the Department for Work and Pensions urging it to exempt domestic violence victims from the tax, as is the case with foster families or households with adult children in the armed forces.