MACDONALD CALLS ON OSBORNE TO ‘ABOLISH THE BEDROOM TAX NOW’
Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:16
BEDROOM TAX HITS 2,795IN FALKIRK DISTRICT – BUT SNP MITIGATING IMPACT
Following the publication of new figures which show that 2,795 housing benefit claimants are affected in Falkirk District, Angus MacDonald MSP has called on the UK Government to immediately abolish this unfair charge. The SNP remains committed to abolishing the Bedroom Tax when new social security powers in the Scotland Bill are devolved.
The Scottish Government has now committed £90 million since the introduction of the Bedroom Tax to ensure it is fully mitigated in Scotland.
Commenting, MacDonald said:
“These figures highlight the shocking impact the Bedroom Tax could have had on families in Scotland – 2,795 people in Falkirk District would have otherwise been affected.
“Of the 12,764 housing benefit claimants in the Falkirk District, 21.9% of claimants would have been subject to the Bedroom Tax—the second highest proportion in Scotland, and third highest in the UK—had the SNP not intervened on their behalf.
“While families in England and Wales continue to face iniquitous charge, the SNP government has fully mitigated its impact in Scotland – something the Labour government in Wales has refused to do. The SNP has consistently opposed the Bedroom Tax and is committed to abolishing the levy when the Scottish Parliament has the powers to do so.
“The UK Government must recognise the impact of this hated levy on families across England and Wales and on public finances in Scotland. The simplest and fairest solution remains for the measure to be dropped by the DWP.
“When he sets out his spending plans later this month, George Osborne should use this as an opportunity to protect the poorest and abolish the Bedroom Tax.”
“When he sets out his spending plans later this month, George Osborne should use this as an opportunity to protect the poorest
and abolish the Bedroom Tax.”
The DWP figures can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/housing-benefit-caseload-statistics