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Bedroom Tax - many Scottish CAB clients 'falling into crisis’

3 Feb 2014

Citizens Advice Scotland have called on Scottish and UK governments to work together to help those affected by the Under-Occupancy Charge (or ‘Bedroom Tax’). 

The call comes as the Scottish Government says it is writing to the UK government in a bid to increase the amount of money it spends on the issue in Scotland.

CAS Policy Manager Keith Dryburgh says, 

“Over 80,000 households in Scotland are affected by the Bedroom Tax, which we believe is causing many of them huge distress. Those worst affected tend to be people who are already very vulnerable and need all the help they can get to cope with the impact of the change. 

“Across Scotland, CAB advisers are seeing lots of people every week who are being hit by the Bedroom tax. In the evidence we have published so far we have highlighted the impact on specific vulnerable groups like disabled people, families with separated parents and people in rural areas who find it hard to move to alternative accommodation.   

“We believe that these groups should be exempted from the policy altogether. But in the meantime anything that can be done to mitigate the impact of the policy on these groups is to be welcomed. It’s important that governments work together – and with local Councils, landlords and charities as well – to help people avoid falling into crisis.” 

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