Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie’s statement that the Bedroom Tax should be ended in Scotland.
CAS Policy Manager Keith Dryburgh says,
“We and other charities have been talking to all the political parties for the last year, showing them the evidence that we see in CAB offices about the real impact of this policy. We commend the Liberal Democrats for engaging with us and being open to our evidence, and for seeing the strength of the case against the bedroom tax.
“Because the facts really are very clear, and it is significant that even those who have supported the principle of this policy can see that in practice it is not working and is in fact causing real problems for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“What this shows is that the momentum of opinon on this issue is becoming overwhelming. We would hope Mr Rennie’s Westminster colleagues will agree with him and will work to change the policy that is doing so much harm to so many Scots.”
THE CAB EVIDENCE IS CLEAR:
- In the first 9 months of the Bedroom Tax (April-Dec 2013), Scottish CAB advisers dealt with 2,830 issues related to the changes.
- In roughly the same period, local authority rent arrears issues increased by 34% and Housing Association rent arrears issues increased by 47%.
- Across Scotland, an estimated 82,500 households have been affected with around two-thirds of these households containing an adult with a disability.
- The Scottish Government have put £20m in funding to increase Discretionary Housing Payments to mitigate the effects of the Bedroom Tax. Without this funding, far more tenants would be experiencing significant difficulties. And there ios no guaranmtee that this special payment will continue in future years.