The City of Edinburgh Council have agreed to pay all tenants hit by the bedroom tax the money they need to cover the tax in full, without the need for means-testing or filling in forms. Lothian Anti Bedroom Tax Federation delegates addressed the full Council meeting on 26 June. Following the deputation, councillors unanimously agreed a motion from the Greens Steve Burgess that “all qualifying Bedroom tax (under occupancy) Discretionary Housing Payment applications are appropriately backdated and paid in full without the need for a financial assessment.” Continue reading
The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation is delighted with today’s news that Westminster is devolving the power to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) allowing the Scottish Government to fully mitigate the bedroom tax in Scotland. We demand that Westminster now do this urgently.
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Applying the bedroom tax to a couple who cannot share a room because of one partner’s disability is a breach of their human rights, a Scottish tribunal has ruled. A woman with multiple sclerosis won her appeal against Glasgow Council’s decision to apply the 14 per cent deduction for her ‘spare’ bedroom on Friday. Continue reading
“Hit by the bedroom tax? Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment now!” That was the message from the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on 1st October where anti bedroom tax campaigners addressed the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee. The Scottish Government has made a “game-changing” £20 million available and at this meeting Edinburgh Council authorised officials to immediately start paying out more Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). Continue reading
Anti bedroom tax campaigners from around the Lothians have met in an emergency meeting and issued a statement condemning City of Edinburgh Council’s policy of quizzing people on their expenditure on alcohol, cigarettes and satellite TV and using this information in deciding whether to award tenants Discretionary Housing Payment.
“This has led to newspaper reports portraying DHP claimants as scroungers and wasters. In fact research by the Scottish Government and COSLA reveals that at least 80% of households affected by the bedroom tax contain disabled people,” state the Lothian Federation of Anti Bedroom Tax Groups. Continue reading
A vulnerable man who saw his debt increase after being forced to contribute toward his rent due to the coalition government’s controversial ‘bedroom tax’ took his own life, an inquest heard. The coroners court in Bolton heard how Mr Walker, 57, was left saddled with debt due to financial problems and being out of work.
It was also revealed that he had been found ‘fit for work’ following a benefit assessment and had strongly disagreed with the decision. His financial situation worsened and was made intolerable after being told he would have to contribute toward his rent because of the ‘bedroom tax’. Read full article from Welfare News.
Deputation to Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting 6/8/13
My name is Des Loughney and I am secretary of the UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit Branch. The branch has about 800 members of whom 150 work for Housing Associations. We are grateful to the Committee for giving us this opportunity for commenting on the Welfare Reform further update report which is in front of you. The main concerns of my branch members who work for housing associations regarding the impact of the bedroom tax are: Continue reading
When a former carer of the year became a Bedroom Tax victim neighbours rallied round to support her when she was evicted from her four-bedroom home. Foster mum Irene Lockett, who had rent arrears, could not pay the extra £23.24 per week docked from those with empty rooms under new welfare rules. The mum-of-six, who has a heart condition and suffers angina, was ordered to leave her home of 20 years two weeks ago and forced to move in with her eldest daughter. Click here to read the full article from the Mirror.