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18/10/13 15:05

‘Bedroom Tax’ help

Extra £20 million to protect hard-pressed households next year.

An additional investment of up to £20 million to help those struggling most with the costs of the so-called ‘Bedroom Tax’ was announced by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today.

This extra funding, available in 2014/15, will enable local authorities to increase discretionary housing payments for a second consecutive year and help to mitigate against the impact of UK Government welfare reforms.

The money will top up the payments in each local authority to the maximum permitted under UK legislation.

The Deputy First Minister said:

“Last month, we announced an extra £20 million in this financial year to help those affected by the Bedroom Tax. That money is enabling councils to top up their discretionary housing payments to the maximum amount that Westminster legislation allows.

“I can announce today that we will allocate up to £20 million again next year so that we can continue this vital help for those hit by the Bedroom Tax.

“I promise that we will continue to do all we can to help – but only an independent Scottish Parliament will give use the powers we need to scrap the Bedroom Tax.

“There is no doubt that people in Scotland are paying a heavy price for Westminster decisions.

“We are doing the most we can with the powers we currently have to mitigate the worst impact of those decisions.

“I am proud of our decision to establish the Scottish Welfare Fund and that we have given extra funding to advice agencies at the frontline.”